Penalty Shoot-out Ends Celtic's U-13s Kevin Moran Cup Dreams

Castleknock Celtic  3   Northway Rangers  3 A.E.T.

Rangers win 3-2 on penalties

6 October 2003

It was a cold autumn morning in Porterstown, a stark contrast with the glorious summer which has just ended.  Normal service has been resumed.  But maybe an Indian Summer will visit us over the coming weeks, we can hope anyway!!

This Kevin Moran Cup fixture pitched Castleknock Celtic from the D-division against Northway Rangers from the C-division.  The superior league status of Rangers was evident after a minute when Adam McEvoy volleyed home from a corner kick for the first goal. Rangers 1-0. 

Celtic were in no mood for surrender.  They struck back, and James Collins was on hand to score from another corner kick.  Half-time 1-1.

But Rangers started the second half as they did the first.  This time, Niall McManus hit the post, but was first to react when he shot home the rebound.  2-1 Rangers.

However the tigerish Johnny Cooper, a prolific scorer for Celtic this season, was on hand to level things to leave it 2-2 at full time.

Extra time was required.  Celtic looked like they were going to edge into the 2nd round when striker Tommy Mooney made it 3-2 to the home side.  But Rangers were not going to be denied like their Scottish namesakes yesterday.  Robert Murray was quick to seize his opportunity when the ball broke to him, and he made it 3-3, to leave the teams facing the notorious penalty shoot-out.

Congrats to Rangers whose nerve held and they finished 3-2 ahead after the shoot-out.