Reserves vs Drogheda Town

vs
Sat 01 Dec 18
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Trim Celtic’s Reserves have won the double by adding the Reserve Cup to the Premier Reserve title they won a few weeks ago. This match pitted Celtic against their toughest opponents to date and so it proved again as it took an extra time goal to separate the sides. Celtic had the better of the chances in the first half with Lee Dixon lofting the ball over the bar with the keeper stranded before again clearing the bar from 20 yards. Scott O’Leary almost scored a spectacular goal as his blistering shot from just inside his own half clipped the bar with the keeper beaten. In the second half a header from the Drogheda Town keeper had Celtic keeper Rob Westphal scrambling across his box but the ball landed just outside his post. The game spring to life in injury time. Celtic attacked down the right but the move broke, as the Drogheda side looked to break out Celtic nicked the ball back. The referee looked at his watch to confirm there was time for one more attack, the ball was fizzed low into the box and Anthony Craig met it crisply to rifle it into the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance. It looked like Celtic had won it but their opponents had other ideas. Straight from the tip off they launched the ball forward which fell to a striker on the edge of the box who volleyed beautifully into the top corner to level the match. The final whistle blew before another attack could be launched. In extra-time Celtic probed but legs were tired and the match had penalties written all over it. That was until Anthony Craig found burst of energy and surged into the Drogheda box before rifling an unstoppable shot into the top corner. This time there was to be no dramatic equaliser as Celtic defended manfully to hold out.

Ground

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

Reserves

1Robbie Westphal Goalkeeper
2Leon O’Neill Defender
3Scott O’Leary Forward
4Cyril Halton Defender
5Gavin Meehan Defender
6Colin Stowe 13 Midfielder
7Anthony Craig Midfielder
8Niall Farrell Midfielder
9Lee Dixon 14 Forward
10Mark Corrigan 15 Midfielder
11Paul Munnelly 12 Defender
12Alan Troy 11 Defender
13Dan Mac Grianna 6 Midfielder
14Conor Ryan 9 Defender
15Dominic Fagan 10 Midfielder
16John Regan Defender
17David Conway Defender
18Kian Malone Defender
19Oisin Devlin Forward
20Dean Rowlands Midfielder
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Drogheda Town