Celtic 5 Swords Rovers 2
This U-11D Brenfer League
game was played in perfect conditions in Porterstown as Celtic tried to continue
their good start to the season.
Celtic were on top early on
and had a number of good attacking moves which almost resulted in goals – Tom
Mooney going closest. Unfortunately, after about 10 minutes Swords
launched their first attack and after some good passing involving 3 players the
number 10 scored with a low shot from close range. Within minutes Celtic
were level. Graham Walsh collected the ball in mid-field, beat two opponents
before shooting from just outside the box and scoring just inside the post.
Five minutes later Celtic were in front. Building from mid-field, Craig
McGivern sent a good ball out to the right wing, where Paul McGrath collected.
He easily beat the defender and headed for goal. As the goalie rushed
towards him, Paul coolly chipped the ball over his head and into the net.
2-1 to Celtic. Five minutes before the break, it was all square again.
A long ball from defence appeared to reach a Rovers player in an offside
position, but he ran 20 yards before scoring from just inside the area.
Celtic started the second
half in impressive fashion and were rewarded after 5minutes. Some good play up
the left saw Cormac Digney pass to Johnny Cooper. He beat 2 defenders
before blasting to the roof of the net. Johnny celebrated in true Robbie
Keane fashion, a bit like his Big Brother, Steve! Celtic continued the good work
and five minutes later Paul McGrath got his second from close in after sustained
Celtic pressure in the Rovers box. Rovers came more into the game after
this and had two great chances but could not beat the brilliant Celtic keeper,
Paul Stanley. Celtic finished the stronger and with five minutes remaining
a shot from the left by Ross McCarthy (who had replaced Tom Mooney) was dropped
by the keeper and that man Paul McGrath was on hand to side foot the ball to the
net for his hat trick. The Celtic defence of Colm Lyons, Michael Kennelly,
Imar Coleman and Kevin Miller had to withstand sustained pressure in the final
minutes but were well up to the task.