14th Jan 2006
Celtic kicked off the New Year with a friendly match
against Firhouse Carmel FC from the South
Dublin Football League. Firhouse are lying 3rd
in the League, 2 points behind the leaders, having lost just
once all season. The SDFL play 9 a-side matches so Celtic
agreed to change from their usual 7-a-side formation.
It was a beautiful fresh sunny morning,
perfect conditions for a match. Celtic sprang into action from
the whistle with Gavin
Boyne sending a ball over the back of the defence for Ryan
Moore Kearney to side foot home after just 2 minutes
played. 1-0. The 2nd
followed soon after with Tom
Fogarty winning the ball in midfield and setting up Boyne to float in a cross, nodded down by Moore Kearney for Kyle Turner
to slot home. 2-0.
Celtic were on fire with Fogarty
sending a left foot volley whizzing over the bar from outside
the box. The pressure continued relentlessly. Turner
floated in a corner for Boyne
to score with a classy back flick volley. 3-0.
The visitors were stunned and found themselves 4-nil down when the ball broke away to Fogarty on the left after a goal-mouth scramble, Fogarty
made no mistake lashing the ball home. All credit to Firhouse
as they rallied, forcing 4 corners before the break and
scrambling a goal just before half time. 4-1.
came out for the 2nd half a different team, placing
Celtic under a lot of pressure. Excellent defending from Patrick
Rocca, Philip Fitzpatrick and Eoghan
O’Donnochu kept them at bay. The defence was breached
twice in the 2nd half, only for the Celtic Keeper Richard
Delaney to smother the ball at the attacker’s feet.
Quick thinking by Delaney
set up Celtic for a counter attack. Moore
Kearney scored again after a crisp shot, which took a
wicked deflection off the unlucky Firhouse defender. 5-1.
Rocca and Fitzpatrick
continued an assured and classy display in defence, with O’Donnochu
sliding into the tackles with his usual gusto.
working tirelessly in midfield, with his trickery and
exceptional passing, created another chance for Turner to fire
in number six. 6-1.
fell back into defence with Turner
to allow Fitzpatrick
to strike more terror into the opposition with his strength
and powerful running. Rocca
joined Moore Kearney
up front to give a new aerial threat to the attack. Cross
after cross were sent in by Ring
and Fitzpatrick causing mayhem in the Firhouse defence,
going close on a number of occasions with powerful shooting.
Another goal was not to be with Boyne
walloping the crossbar with a stunning shot from outside
This was the best display of the season with excellent teamwork throughout the match. Firhouse were a strong side, who came up against 9 Celtic players, who hit top form all at once. The adaptability of a number of this Celtic team to play in different positions is making this team very formidable opposition indeed.