15/12/02                                                                                                            DDSL 18 Major League

Harolds Cross  2    Castleknock Celtic 3

Celtic continue their winning run

Another tight encounter.  Without Feidhlim McGrath, Joey Brogan and Peter Hogan, Celtic still took the points. Harolds Cross had one player sent off and three booked, while the visitors had one booking, John Gaughan. Captain Ryan Mcadam had to go off in the first half after getting a kick to the knee.

Celtic went ahead in the second half when John Gaughan  broke clear from a Harold's X corner and ran before passing it to Bernard Brogan who ran past the remaining defender before putting it past the keeper. A good goal on the counter-attack.  A few minutes later, Neil Sherwin passed from the left wing into the box to B. Brogan who knocked it to Dave Cavanagh who was clear for a tap in.

Harolds Cross came back and got a Peno for a trip in the box, and they converted.  Then they got a good equalizer with a shot from outside the box. Celtic had their backs to the wall at this stage. With about ten minutes to go, Celtic broke on the left again and Sherwin passed to Alan McGahan who turned in the box and laid it off to Brogan who put it away. That's 4 goals for Brogan in 4 games,and 4 for Cavanagh in 4 games.

Well done and keep up the run, and the best of luck in the Leinster Youths Cup in the New Year.  Celebrations after win below.

8/12/02                                                                                                            Snickers FAI Youths Cup

Harolds Cross  1    Castleknock Celtic  2

Great Away Win in FAI Youths Cup

This match was controversially fixed for Rosary Park when in should have been reversed to Porterstown after previous postponements.  But Celtic's U-18 side were mustard keen to get back into action. 

It was a very tough physical encounter from the start.  The Cross went ahead in the second half, which was a bit unfair to the visitors.  It was prolific scorer, Richard Harford, who got the goal.  He scored 35 goals in last year's campaign.  But Celtic were not to be denied.  They fought back, and Dave Cavanagh equalised, when he got on to the end of a free kick by Ross McConnell, son of former inter-county Meath player Kevin. 

Bernard Bogan was again on the score sheet.  He got the decider when he turned brilliantly in the box and blasted home, after some neat lead-up play by Ryan Mcadam and Ross McConnell.

This Celtic side are showing some good results and are proving formidable opponents at U-18.  Congrats to Kieron Hogan and his team.