Kells Blackwater vs 15 Boys Prem

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Mon 27 Aug 18
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Trim Celtic U15 Premier side booked their place in the NECSL Cup final with a fantastic 3-2 win away to Kells Blackwater in a pulsating match on Monday evening.
The home side started much brighter, sharper and first to every ball. Kells dominated the opening exchanges and determined to atone for the 4-1 defeat to Celtic earlier in the league. Celtic struggled to find their rhythm and clearly the 7 week gap since their last game was evident. But for good saves from stand in keeper David Boyle and some last ditch defending, Celtic were fortunate that the score remained goalless.  
However, on 26 mins Kells took the lead with an excellent finish past the hapless Boyle. Without a regular keeper and both Wes & Blake Gibbons missing from the back, Celtic held on but Kells were deservedly leading 1-0 at halftime.
The second half was a much different affair. Celtic had a determination and energy about them that was missing in the first half. After some excellent pressure from the midfield, the returning Ciaran Caulfield whipped in an excellent cross and Man of the Match Conor O’ Hare rose highest to finish with a fantastic headed that gave the keeper no chance. 1-1
Both teams attacked at every opportunity in a fantastic cup match. A number of controversial decisions and bookings added to the atmosphere. With 10 minutes to go the game exploded into life. Kells were awarded a soft penalty which they scored to go 2-1 up.
3 minutes later the sides were level as Cottrell played a pass over the top for Caulfield who finished in style. 2-2.
Moments later Celtic were down to ten men as Caulfield received a second yellow .With the game in the balance and extra time looming, up stepped Conor O’Hare with a sublime free kick from 25 yards into the top corner. Although an additional 8 mins Injury time was played, Celtic held onto the lead and booked their place in the cup final. 
Squad: David Boyle, Sean Mc Donnell, Harry Cottrell, Sean Tully, Alan Costello, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, James Molloy, Jared Akigbesote, Ciaran Caulfield, Conor O’Hre
Sub Aaron Mc Cormack (for Molloy)

Ground

The Grange
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kells Blackwater

16 Boys Prem Green