Virginia vs 2002 Boys Division 1

vs
August 12, 2017
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Celtic took a giant step towards clinching the Division 1 title with an ultimately hard earned victory against a resolute Virginia side in Cavan. With Celtic missing six players the away team were once again indebted to Gerard Boyle's U 14 squad to avoid a costly points concession. Indeed it was the U14 lads who combined well for the opener on fifteen minutes when James Molloy squared for team-mate Sean Tully after a nice run. Tully controlled the ball well in the area before drilling his shot down the middle to give Celtic the lead. Despite playing into a strong wind Celtic took the game to their hosts and doubled their lead five minutes later when Evan deCourcey Tobin shot home from a tight angle. Conor McGinley was then unlucky not to get on the score sheet when his well struck shot from outside the box rebounded off the foot of the post. While Virginia always looked dangerous Celtic took their deserved lead in to the half-time break.
The second half started brightly for the home side who created a number of chances to reduce the deficit but they fell further behind when Conor O'Hare finished well into the bottom corner to seemingly put the game to bed. Wes Gibbons then had two great chances to finish off the game, narrowly heading over before crashing a shot off the crossbar and Celtic could have done with one of them going in as Virginia sensed the tide turning. Despite being three goals to the good the Celtic players lost their discipline and Virginia pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go. Five minutes later the deficit was the slimmest of margins and the home side must have felt a great comeback was within their grasp but Celtic just about held on for what could yet prove to be a vital three points. Seven points from their last three games will guarantee the title for the hoops but they should learn how indiscipline could easily derail all their good work up to now. Best on the day for Celtic were Andrew Gibney, David Boyle, Eoghan Lenehan and Sean Tully.
Trim Celtic: Kevin Dalton, Eoin Gaffney, Andrew Gibney, David Boyle, Eoghan Lenehan, Liam Reilly, Evan deCourcey Tobin, Wes Gibbons, Jack Vaughan, Conor McGinley, James Molloy
Subs: Sean Tully (for Gibbons)

Ground

King's Park
Edenburt, Co. Meath, Ireland

Virginia