Kentstown Rovers vs 2002 Boys Premier Division

Sat 28 Apr 18
Score: 3 - 3

Match Report

After an opening day defeat to Virginia, Celtic travelled to Kentstown to face the league leaders who boasted an impressive 100% record from their opening four games. Right from the first whistle Celtic set about pressing the home team's full backs and they got their reward after just ten minutes. Evan deCourcey Tobin chased down a back pass to put pressure on the 'keeper and his hurried clearance fell to Tobin who turned the defender before slotting home the left foot shot to give Celtic the lead. Fifteen minutes later Kentstown were level after a good run and strike into the bottom corner but just before half-time disaster struck for Celtic 'keeper Kevin Dalton after he failed to deal with a high ball. Despite seeming to get the ball under control the Kentstown forward prodded the ball home from Dalton's hands and the goal stood.
This was harsh on Celtic as they controlled large portions of the first half and they began the second half with renewed confidence. Fifteen minutes in, following some great work by Fionn McEvoy in the midfield, Celtic won a free kick which was floated in by Andrew Gibney. Oran Kirby beat the 'keeper to the header and his goal bound effort was finished off by Tobin for his second of the game. Kentstown were on the ropes now and five minutes later Liam Reilly hit a first time shot from twenty yards through a crowded area to give the Hoops the lead. By this stage Celtic's front three of McEvoy, Tobin and Sean Foley were creating numerous chances and the game was very nearly killed off with ten minutes to go. A cleverly disguised pass by Foley put Kirby through on goal and he clipped the ball over the on-rushing 'keeper only to see the ball rebound off the far post. The rebound fell to Tobin five yards out but as he looked certain to score the ball bobbled up and came off his shin and flew over the bar. Celtic were left to rue this bad luck as Kentstown scrambled an equaliser as the game slipped into injury time. The lads in hoops were crestfallen at the end but they can take a lot of positives from this display as they entertain Enfield Celtic at the weekend. Best on the day for Celtic were Fionn McEvoy, Liam Reilly, Evan deCourcey Tobin and Conor Mangan.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoghan Lenehan, Andrew Gibney, Adam Wilson, Conor McGinley, Oran Kirby, Conor Mnagan, Liam Reilly, Sean Foley, Fionn McEvoy, Evan deCourcey Tobin
Subs: Luke Doyle, James Brady, Kevin McGowan


Greenstar Park
Unnamed Road, Co. Meath, Ireland

Kentstown Rovers

17 Boys Div 1