Navan Cosmos vs 16 Boys Prem

vs
Wed 18 Jul 18
Score: 1 - 0

Match Report

A season's best performance by Celtic still saw them leave Navan empty handed as title chasing Cosmos held on for a narrow victory which leaves Celtic realistically looking to the cups for a chance of silverware. Despite having six players returning to the squad from holidays Celtic were dealt a blow an hour before kick off with the news that goalkeeper Kevin Dalton would not play for the club again. Forced into a re-shuffle, with Adam Dunne picking up the gloves, Celtic started well with returning James Murray heading narrowly wide from a corner. Dunne was coping well in goal until twenty minutes in when a quick snapshot from the corner of the box slipped through his hands to give Cosmos the lead. Dunne didn't let this affect him and he followed it up with two excellent saves from one on one positions. The performance of the stand in 'keeper was giving confidence to his team mates and Celtic pushed hard for an equaliser with Liam Reilly shooting narrowly wide from a tight angle. The introduction of Cian Russell with twenty five minutes to go turned the game in Celtic's favour as his skill and endeavour to win the ball back was forcing Cosmos back. The game was to be decided though on two great chances missed by Celtic as first Russell fired over from six yards and then Adam Wilson found space three yards out from a late corner but his shot went inches wide of the left hand post. In both cases the ball arrived at the player's feet quickly through a crowd of players but on another day one if not both could have found the target. Celtic survived a strong penalty claim in the last few minutes and had Eoin Gaffney booked late on for a pull back on the Cosmos forward as he broke clear but by this stage Cosmos were playing for the corner flag to run down the clock. As the final whistle blew it was the Cosmos players who were celebrating as the three points brings them closer to Kentstown and Virginia at the top of the table. Many thanks to Cosmos manager Padraig Fitzsimons for agreeing to switch the game to mid week to allow us play the lads returning from holiday and it certainly made for an exciting game as both teams were evenly matched throughout in a game that was a great advertisement for the NECSL.
Trim Celtic: Adam Dunne, Eoghan Lenehan, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Eoin Gaffney, James Murray, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Sean Foley, Fionn McEvoy, Conor McGinley, Liam Reilly
Subs: Cian Russell (for Foley), Conor Mangan (for Wilson), James Brady, Luke Doyle

Ground

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

Navan Cosmos

16 Boys Prem