Swords Rovers    3  Castleknock Celtic   5

Sat  20th Nov 2004

NDSL 9A League 

Baltic and rain-drenched Balheary Park was a daunting venue for what proved to be an excellent performance from a Castleknock Celtic U9A side who are proving to be a major force in division 9A1. 

Celtic started well with a breakaway goal from Ryan Moore Kearney, finished in his usual deadly style. Celtic maintained the pressure with Ryan then striking the crossbar with a long-range shot. Against the run of play Swords struck back to level 1-1

In the 2nd qtr Swords rallied scoring 2 more to make it 3-1. Celtic fought back bravely with a cross by Ryan, which was met by Danny Byrne, the ball hit the post falling to Tom Fogarty, who connected well with his left foot only for a defender to block on the line. 

The 3rd qtr proved to be the turning point with Patrick Rocca racing down the right flank beating 2 defenders and scoring with a wonderful chip.3-2. Philip Fitzpatrick followed up with another superb break to drill home the equaliser. 3-3. 

In the 4th qtr Patrick Rocca playing his best game of the season struck again to snatch the lead. 3-4. This was followed closely by another deadly strike from the edge of the box by Ryan. 3-5. Tom Fogarty displaying great energy and courage in the tackle, once again played a vital role in this success.   By the final whistle Celtic looked worthy winners with Philip Fitzpatrick setting up a string of chances with his classy play from right midfield.  

Staunch defending by Eve Farrelly and Dan Ring, with excellent hard work in midfield by Luke Henshaw, Danny Byrne and Eoghan O’Donnchu (Capt) set up the platform for this great team victory. Lets not forget the Celtic goalkeeper Eoin Sweeney who did very well in difficult slippy wet conditions. 

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