Enfield Celtic vs 16 Boys Prem

vs
Sat 03 Nov 18
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Trim Celtic suffered a double heartbreak in Saturday's Shield Final, firstly by conceding the equalising goal with just seconds remaining and then by losing the resulting penalty shootout, to end the season empty handed. On a windy day Celtic started brightly with the strong wind behind them and had Enfield pinned back for long spells. An excellent move down the left halfway through the first half nearly had the hoops in front as Eoghan Lenehan linked up well with Liam Reilly to send Mark Dempsey clear down the line. His pinpoint cross was met perfectly by Conor McGinley only to see the Enfield 'keeper make an excellent one handed save to keep his team in it. This pattern continued into the second half with Celtic enjoying the majority of possession and creating chances only to be thwarted by the Enfield 'keeper who was having an inspired game. With just five minutes left Enfield's resistance was finally broken when an Andrew Gibney corner was met at the far post by Liam Reilly who out jumped two defenders to power home a header into the roof of the net. As the game ticked into injury time Celtic suffered a crushing blow as a late corner was cleared to the edge of the penalty area only for the Enfield player to send in a looping cross which caught on the wind to sail into the top corner. Celtic had to pick themselves up for extra time and things got worse as Enfield hit the front before half time with a good finish past 'keeper Kevin Dalton. With just five minutes remaining Celtic were given a lifeline when the referee pointed to the spot after a handball by the Enfield defender. Andrew Gibney stepped up and showed great courage and composure to bury the ball to 'keeper's left. Celtic never got going in the shootout with two early misses giving them a mountain to climb and taking all the pressure off the Enfield players. A Kevin Dalton save wasn't enough to keep Celtic in it as another miss consigned them to a heartbreaking defeat. Congratulations to Chris Hunt and Enfield who got their reward for all their dedication and perseverance throughout the hard times in what was a fantastic game played in a great spirit. Celtic have certainly shown enough this season to suggest the good times will shortly return for this talented and courageous bunch of lads.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoghan Lenehan, Adam Wilson, Andrew Gibney, Eoin Gaffney, Oran Kirby, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly, Mark Dempsey, Cian Russell
Subs: Sean Foley (for Russell), Mark Cunningham, Kevin McGowan, James Brady, Luke Doyle, Conor Mangan

Ground

MDL Grounds
Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Enfield Celtic

16 Boys Prem