Kells Blackwater vs 2002 Boys Division 1

vs
Sat 24 Jun 17
Score: 5 - 4

Match Report

Celtic travelled to Kells with much trepidation after being shorn of six players due to holidays and Gaelteacht and they were further hampered by the late withdrawal of goalkeeper Kevin Dalton due to illness. The game was only able to go ahead thanks to Gerard Boyle who allowed three of his U14 players to travel up as they had no game. Kells were also depleted and only had eleven players on the day. Celtic began brightly, although there were several players new to the team and several more playing in unfamiliar positions, and took the lead after five minutes when a speculative shot by Ciaran Caulfield deceived the Kells 'keeper. Kells then came into the game more and halfway through the half were 3-1 up as they took control of midfield. Celtic made a few positional changes with James Molloy, who had an excellent game, switching to centre half from full back and Oran Kirby moving into midfield. Celtic were reward almost immediately when Evan deCourcey Tobin sent a lovely ball into Caulfield for 3-2 and the same two players combined for the equaliser just before half time. Celtic were now on the front foot and should have went ahead just after the re-start when Kirby shot low to the keeper's right but somehow the keeper got a hand to it and it trickled inches wide. Kells then scored two quick goals to go 5-3 clear, the second of which had the Celtic players incensed. With Celtic awarded a free kick in their own half James Molloy gave the ball to Adam Wilson to take the free kick only for the Kells player to nip in and steal the ball with the referee deeming the original touch by Molloy to be the free kick taken. Celtic re-grouped however and made it a nervy final ten minutes for the premier division side when deCourcey Tobin headed home for 5-4 after a good cross by Caulfield. A special mention must go to stand-in goal-keeper David Boyle who showed great handling throughout and wasn't at fault for any of the goals. It's never easy for an outfield player to switch to playing in goal and David acquitted himself very well. Best on the day for Celtic were Ciaran Caulfield, James Molloy, Oran Kirby and Adan Wilson. Best of luck to Kells in the next round. Trim Celtic: David Boyle, Eoin Gaffney, James Molloy, Kevin McGowan, Adam Wilson, Liam Reilly, Oran Kirby, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Fionn McEvoy, Ciaran Caulfield, Eoghan Lenehan Subs: Jack Vaughan (for McGowan), James Brady (for McEvoy)

Ground

The Grange
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kells Blackwater