Parkvilla vs 2003 Boys Premier Division

Sat 14 Oct 17
Score: 2 - 4

Match Report

Trim Celtic overcame a resolute Parkvilla Blue team in the quarter final of the Shield competition at Watters Lane to gain a measure of revenge for their exit at the semi-final stage of the NECSL Cup to the same opposition. Both defences were on top early on and chances were few and far between. Celtic ended up resorting to long range speculative shots that were either off target or never likely to trouble the Parkvilla keeper. The 1st half looked like it was going to end in stalemate based on the initial half hours play but everything changed in the last few minutes before half time. Parkvilla took the lead in the 34th minute following a mix up in the Celtic defence and it looked like that was going to be the half time score however Ciaran Caulfield had other ideas and his shot from the edge of the box found the net.
Celtic played some delightful football in the second half and were beginning to stretch the Parkvilla defence. The lead goal for Celtic wasn’t long in coming when, following a throw in, a Conor O’Hare cross met by Sean Mc Donnell and he fully capitalised on the opportunity to give Celtic a 2-1 advantage with 39 minutes gone. Celtic's 3rd goal in the 50th minute was a beauty, a long cross field pass by Conor O’Hare from right to left found Ciaran on the left wing; he beat his man and crossed in to the box where the incoming Kris Gorman made no mistake. Parkvilla were at their most dangerous from set pieces and in the 58th minute they reduced the deficit to a single goal when a long free kick was converted at the back post. Celtic didn’t panic and regained control and their composure throughout the remainder of the match. Celtic were unlucky not to restore their 2 goal lead in the 68th minute when a shot come cross by Ciaran hit the back post and rebounded to safety, however a minute later another run and cross by Ciaran was finished by Conor O’Hare to round of a most satisfying win for Celtic.
On a day where there were many fine performances, both full backs, Sean Tully and Blake Gibbons in defence were impressive, further forward both Ciaran Caulfield and Conor O’Hare were a handful for the Parkvilla defence. Celtic now advance to play OMP in the semi-final of the Shield competition.
Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, Sean Tully, James Molloy, Wesley Gibbons, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Aaron McCormack, David Boyle, Conor Gray, Conor O'Hare, Sean Mc Donnell, Kris Gorman


Watters Lane
Watters Lane, Navan