Sun 03 Sep 17
Score: 4 - 0
Trim Celtic's first team got back to winning ways an in so doing ended Boyne Harps 100% start to the season. Celtic had the better of the early chances with Paul Munnelly having an effort cleared off the line, Sean FitzGerald hitting the angle of crossbar and post and Derek Donohoe hitting the side netting inside the first 15 minutes. The opening goal came soon after with Dean Courtney, who was the architect of the earlier FitzGerald chance, carving out a shooting chance from outside the box which was deflected past the helpless Boyne keeper. Donohoe had a few half chances and did have the ball in the net with a header however, the cross was deemed to have gone out of play. Boyne had their first attempt on target with a glancing header from a free kick which Trim keeper Darren McGarry held well. Five minutes before the break the visitors were reduced to ten men following a late tackle on Eoin O'Connor.<br> Despite being down to ten men Boyne Harps had the better of the opening exchanges in the second half. Indeed, Celtic were lucky to hold onto their lead as a thunderous strike from 30 yards came back off the post with McGarry recovering superbly to save the rebound. On 57 minutes the hoops doubled their lead and it was no surprise to see both Courtney and Goggins involved considering how well they had been linking up. Courtney was superbly played through on the right hand side and he squared to Goggins who finished superbly with the keeper closing him down quickly. the Drogheda side weren't finished and their striker had McGarry worried with a superb shot from the left had corner of the box that narrowly missed the top corner. Courtney grabbed his second and Celtic's third on 70 minutes with a cheeky nutmeg and fine finish from Ruairi Shortt's superb cross. New signing Cillien Corcoran came off the bench and added some energy while showing some nice touches. Boyne Harps kept at it and McGarry had to work to keep his clean sheet holding on to a long range free kick well. On the one occasion he was beaten Keith Jones somehow managed to chest the ball off the line having initially slipped when going in to cover. Gavin Riordan wrapped up the scoring with a fine control and finish.