Drogheda Town vs 2003 Boys Premier Division

vs
Sat 18 Nov 17
Score: 3 - 1

Match Report

Trim Celtic exited the SFAI Cup at the 4th round stage in disappointing fashion away to Drogheda Town on Saturday afternoon. Celtic started brightly and indeed took the lead in the 12th minute when a lovely ball from Joey Cole found Sean Mc Donnell on the edge of the box and Sean’s intelligent pass inside the centre half was perfect for Conor O’Hare who put Celtic a goal in front and looking good. However despite several half chances for both sides prior to half time there was no further score in this half.
The 2nd half started and it was obvious that Drogheda had upped the tempo and Celtic struggled to contain them in the middle of the park, it was one of the days when the Celtic seemed to take that extra touch on the ball and were getting caught in possession and bringing pressure on themselves as a result. The hope was that despite this Celtic could hold out and progress but midway through the half a shot took a deflection of a Celtic defender and looped over the despairing reach of Celtic keeper David Curran. Things could have been worse a minute later but for a fine save by David Curran. The remainder of normal time played out with no further score so it was on to extra time, in truth Drogheda were the better team in the 2nd half. This continued in extra time and Drogheda took the lead in the 77th minute when they converted a penalty low to David Curran’s left. Celtic went all out on the attack now in the remaining minutes to grab an equaliser and bring the game to penalties but typically got caught in the last minute with a tremendous shot to the top corner which had goal written all over it from the moment it left the player foot.
On a day when too many of the Celtic players had an off day, David Curran in goals, Wes Gibbons at the back and Ciaran Caulfield were the pick of the bunch. Celtic return to domestic matters now and have a Shield final against Parkvilla Claret to look forward to and an opportunity to claim some more silverware. Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, Seán Tully, Wesley Gibbons, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, Conor Gray, Conor O’Hare, Seán McDonell, James Molloy, David Boyle. AaronMmcCormack,

Ground

St. Oliver's Community College
40 Rathmullan Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Drogheda Town

16 Boys Prem Green