Kells Blackwater vs 17 Boys Div 1

Fri 03 May 19
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Celtic progressed in the cup at the weekend thanks to a stirring second half fight back against a Kells Blackwater team who had beaten them 5-0 just a couple of weeks ago. Although Celtic were slightly stronger than the previous game between the sides they started off just as poorly gifting Kells a penalty within the first ten minutes. Things then went from bad to worse for the hoops as Kells doubled their lead shortly after they had seen two efforts come back off the crossbar and it was looking like plain sailing for the home side. Celtic came back into the game towards the end of the first half when Dean Rowlands crashed a superb effort off the far post from 25 yards. Then with two minutes to go to half time Conor McGinley beat the offside trap to clip the ball past the 'keeper to give Celtic some hope for the second half. The second half proved to be a completely different game as Celtic took the game to the home side from the whistle and Kells were struggling to find their rhythm. It was no surprise therefore when Celtic levelled as Liam Reilly rose highest to plant a powerful header past the 'keeper from an Andrew Gibney corner. Kells were stunned and Celtic were creating chances at will as first Luke Doyle and then Conor McGinley had great chances to give them the lead. The winner was soon to come when Mark Cunningham prodded home from three yards out following another great corner from Gibney. Reilly and Sean Foley both had chances to put the game to bed but Celtic just couldn't find the finishing touches that their play deserved. There was time for Kells to clip the crossbar for a third time but apart from that Celtic saw the game out professionally to progress to a quarter final against Robinstown. The second half performance was as good as anything this team has ever produced , accompanied as it was with guts and a desire to win.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Adam Wilson, Andrew Gibney, Eoin Gaffney, Oran Kirby, Mark Cunningham, Liam Reilly, Sean Foley, Dean Rowlands, Conor McGinley, Evan deCourcey Tobin
Sub: Luke Doyle (for Gaffney)


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