NDSL U-11A League

29 Feb 2004

Comfortable Home Win for League Leaders

Castleknock Celtic  5    Swords Celtic  0

Celtic seemed to be upset with the lie-in and the 12.30pm kick-off.  They normally are the first to take the fresh air on a Sunday morning.  Manager Andy Reynolds was certainly happy with the extra hour or two in the scratcher.  So slow were the home side to get into gear that they were lucky that referee Mr Lawless adjudged Swords to be offside when they managed what looked a good goal early on.  But it stayed at 0-0.  The visitors managed a number of good attacks, especially when their outside-right made his incisive breaks up the wing.

It was however Castleknock who made the breakthrough.  It was probably one of the best goals this reporter has seen in recent years.  The ball was won in the middle.  Garret Deasy broke along the right hand side, and laid on a precision pass to man of the match Gavin Harte.  His pin-pointed cross found the head of Tundi Hassan, who rose majestically to nod home, giving the visiting keeper no chance.  Parfait as they say in France, or Foirfe as you might hear in the Irish Gaeltacht - no matter what language, it was perfect.  1-0.

The second saw Gavin Harte again in the action, and he rifled home from close in.  The industrious Thomas Shields from Parklands got a touch on a shot from Gavin to make it 3-0.  James O'Mahony got the fourth. It was that man again Tundi who popped up again for the fifth, and to be honest he ran Gavin very close for the award of man of the match.  Well done to all the team who put on a fine performance, even after the sun went in and temperature plummeted.  I should mention keeper David Lynch, who kept a clean sheet, and Daniel Reynolds, who was always available to his colleagues and making probing runs.

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