Sat 12 May 18
Score: 1 - 1
In what was a winner takes all potential title decider these sides must do it all again next week as this draw in the final regular season league game meant both sides finished level at the top of the Premier Reserve table. The home side drew first blood after 15 minutes. A free kick was lofted into the Celtic area and keeper Rob Westphal came out to claim it but was clattered to the ground with a Newfoundwell player finishing the breaking ball to the net. The hoops responded superbly and won a penalty five minutes later when Luke Mahon was brought down by the home keeper. Top scorer Dimmy Higgins stepped up but his spot kick was brilliantly saved by the Newfoundwell keeper who was to thwart the Trim lads on more than one occasion in the match including in the 30th minute to deny Mahon. Higgins’ head never dropped and he was outstanding for the remainder of the half and deservedly scored the equaliser rising highest to head home at the back post. Celtic were well on top with Marky Corrigan flashing a shot just wide and Luke Mahon again testing the keeper from 20 yards with a fine effort that the netminder did well to tip over. The Well had a chance at the back post which went narrowly wide before Higgins’ chest and volley clipped the top of the bar as the first half finished with a flurry. The second half started slowly but Celtic began to find their rhythm and began creating chances. Lee Dixon’s excellent turn opened a shooting opportunity but he couldn’t find the target, Marky Corrigan shot down the throat of the keeper from 25 yards before forcing a superb strong one-handed save from the increasingly busy shot stopper. With the keeper off his line substitute Aaron Ryan tried his luck from distance but his effort drifted over. Newfoundwell found a second wind and began creating chances of their own the first of which Westphal was forced into a superb save with his feet. Moments later their lively striker reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the box but blasted over. On more than one occassion veteran defenders Gavin Meehan and Paul Bartley had to be at their best to break up dangerous counter/attacks. Dixon had a chance to win it with eight minutes to go but blasted wide. A late free kick and corner for Celtic saw them push right to the end.