Johnstown vs 2002 Boys Div 1

Sat 22 Apr 17
Score: 2 - 9

Match Report

In a game that was a little closer than the scoreline suggests, Celtic ran out comfortable winners against a physical Johnstown side as they took over top spot in the division. The game started brightly for Celtic with Evan deCourcey Tobin heading home from an Andrew Gibney free kick on ten minutes before the same player added the second four minutes later with a left foot shot after a good run into the penalty area. Five minutes later a great run by Conor McGinley resulted in the player being brought down for Celtic's first penalty in over two years and Andrew Gibney stepped up to place the ball to the keeper's left for 3-0. After Johnstown pulled a goal back from a well worked corner Gibney had the chance to double his tally from the penalty spot as a great drag back by Tobin led to him being pulled down by the defender. He made no mistake putting the ball in the exact same place as the first spot kick for 4-1. Oran Kirby then got the first of his hat-trick to make it 5-1 before Johnstown pulled another one back just on half time.
The second half started with Johnstown on the front foot and only an excellent save from hoops' 'keeper Kevin Dalton kept their three goal advantage intact as he dived down low to push the ball out of the danger area. As the game got stretched Johnstown were leaving gaps all over the place as they pushed forward to try and close the gap and only the crossbar saved them as Fionn McEvoy crashed in a volley from twenty yards. It was only a stay of execution though as two further goals apiece for Kirby and Tobin finally put the game beyond the reach of the home side. Best on the day for Celtic were Evan deCourcey Tobin, not just for his four goals but for his attitude throughout and constant tackling back, Conor McGinley, Oran Kirby and Adam Wilson.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Kevin McGowan, Conor McGinley, Cian Russell, Oran Kirby, Liam Reilly, Fionn McEvoy, Evan deCourcey Tobin
Subs: Eoghan Lenehan (for McGowan)


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