Swords Celtic vs 2003 Boys Prem

vs
Sun 30 Oct 16
Score: 3 - 5

Match Report

Trim Celtic made the long journey to Swords on a beautiful Sunday morning to play the local Swords Celtic team in the 4th round of the SFAI Cup. Again this was a bit of a trip into the unknown with both sides displaying fine form in their respective leagues. Trim started strongly in the match with Josh Harris having an attempt on target in the very 1st minute. However Celtic were dealt a blow a few minutes later when top striker, Ciaran Caulfield slumped to the ground with a back injury and had to be replaced by Aaron Mc Cormack. Aaron came in and slotted in well to an unfamiliar left wing role but again this demonstrated the strength in depth and adaptability of the current squad of players. Celtic thought they had taken the lead in the 12th minute when David Boyle was put through and finished to the net but the referee blew up for offside. Celtic were on top at this stage and Josh got through in the 15th minute but his effort was well saved by the keeper. Josh was through again 2 minutes later but was again denied by the keeper who was proving to be very difficult to beat. Slightly against the run of play Swords took the lead in the 30th minute following a goalmouth scramble from a corner. With just 5 minutes left in the 1st half Celtic kept battling away and didn’t drop their heads and were rewarded on the stroke of half time when James Molloy found David Boyle on the left, he in turn played Josh Harris in, Josh took his time and planted the ball in the corner past the keeper.
The 2nd half started with Ciaran able to return to the play after some extensive medical treatment replacing the unfortunate Aaron Mc Cormack again. Celtic took the lead for the 1st time in the 42nd minute when Josh played a ball down the line for Ciaran whose cross was turned in at the far post by the clinical Sean Mc Donnell. Ciaran could have doubled Celtic’s lead 2 minutes later but his shot was just wide. Swords had some good possession in the match but never really broke through the outstanding Celtic defence to trouble David Curran in the Celtic goals. The next chance for Celtic was in the 55th minute when Ciaran put Josh through but he was again denied by the Swords keeper. Celtic now introduced Conor O’Hare for Kris Gorman with Josh Harris dropping back into a central midfield role. Sean Tully also replaced Blake Gibbons and added some much needed physical presence to counteract a powerful Swords strike force. Just when it looked like Celtic were closing out the match and 2 minutes into injury time the towering Swords centre forward broke through and lobbed the advancing David Curran to ensure the match went to extra time. Celtic stormed back into the lead 2 minutes into extra time when Sean Mc Donnell’s accurate shot to the corner eluded the keeper. To their credit Swords kept going and with half time in extra time approaching they pounced on a poorly cleared corner to again bring the game to parity. The sides quickly turned over at 3-3 with the result in the balance and also the possibility of the dreaded penalty kicks looming. Celtic were again quick out of the blocks in the 2nd period of extra time when the Swords keeper again saved well, this time from Sean Mc Donnell with barely a minute on the clock. Sean was not to be denied however and following a good interchange between James Molloy and Ciaran, Sean completed his hat trick to again put Celtic back in front. Celtic were determined not to let Swords back into the game again and with just 2 minutes remaining Conor O’Hare did well to find David Boyle at the back post and his shot nestled in the opposite corner to the delight and relief of all the travelling Celtic fans. There was much joy and celebration at the final whistle as Celtic continue on their journey in the SFAI Cup. Celtic have played better football at times this season but there can be no doubting the effort and commitment of the whole squad today, when they were challenged they rose to the occasion and responded magnificently. A tremendous performance by all involved and we can look forward with eager anticipation to the latter stages of this competition.
Trim Celtic squad: David Curran, James Molloy, Josh Harris, Harry Cottrell, Blake Gibbons, Ciaran Caulfield, Joey Cole, Kris Gorman, David Boyle, Wesley Gibbons, Sean Mc Donnell, Aaron McCormack, Sean Tully, Conor O'Hare

Ground

Balheary Reservoir
2 Newtown Cottages, Balheary, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Swords Celtic

16 Boys Prem Green