Johnstown vs 2003 Boys Prem

Sat 18 Mar 17
Score: 2 - 5

Match Report

Trim Celtic got their season as defending League champions off to a winning start in the MDL this morning in their away fixture to Johnstown. It was good to get back playing again after the postponement of last weekend's fixture and better still to start with a win. Despite being short a few players today Celtic started brightly and indeed were ahead after 3 minutes when James Molloy ran through into the Johnstown box and finished superbly to the keepers right hand corner. Celtic were playing with a slight breeze in the 1st half and were practically camped in Johnstown half for the opening period. The lead was soon added to when Kris Gorman beat several players at the edge of the box and superbly chipped the ball to the back post where the inrushing David Boyle volleyed home to the roof of the net. This was no more than Celtic’s play merited and Kris was to be the next Celtic scorer when put through by a superb Sean Mc Donnell pass, he duly found the same corner as James had done earlier. Kris was again at the heart of the 4th goal when his long through ball was misjudged by the keeper and the ever alert Conor O’Hare had the simple task of ensuring the ball crossed the line. Johnstown on one of their few forays forward did pull a goal back just before half time.
Celtic turned over to play into the wind in the 2nd half and continued to dominate the play without being as clinical as they were in the 1st half. They did score a 5th 10 minutes in when a super cross by Ben Kavanagh, who was making his Trim Celtic debut today, eluded Conor O’Hare in the centre but fell invitingly to Sean Mc Donnell who didn’t need a 2nd chance to expertly drive the ball home to the far corner. Johnstown to their credit kept going and following a long ball managed to get in for their 2nd and the final goal of the match. This was a good start to the new campaign for Celtic but they will have to improve from this performance, which I’m sure they will if they want to go on to retain the League title. Sean Tully stepped in between the posts in the absence of regular net minder David Curran but could do little with either goal. Wes Gibbons was the pick of the defence and Kris Gorman had a stormer in the middle of the park, ably assisted by Joey Cole who dropped seamlessly in the defence during the 2nd half. The strikers all played well today and with each of them scoring, this will do their confidence no harm going forward.
Trim Celtic squad: Sean Tully, James Molloy, Wesley Gibbons, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, David Boyle, Ben Kavanagh, Conor O'Hare, Sean McDonnell


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


16 Boys Prem Green

James Molloy Defender
David Boyle Midfielder
Kris Gorman Midfielder
Conor O’Hare
Sean McDonnell Forward