Clonmel Celtic 5 Shanbally Utd 1 U13 Championship, November 4th 2017
Not for the first time Celtic fell behind very early and United held this lead to the break despite the home side having plenty of possession and creating a lot of chances. Celtic made some significant changes at the break. none more important than pushing right back Alex Greene up front and what a response from Alex. He scored a hat-trick, changing the game with his aggression up front. With Celtic's confidence back the football was flowing. Dominik Mendel, called up from the U12s, scored a screamer and put in an excellent display overall. Matthew Roche Nagle also scored from a long range effort. Many players impressed but Alex Greene man of the match, having completely changed the game up front. A great team performance with some brilliant interplay in the second half.
Clonmel Town 0 Clonmel Celtic 0 (aet, Celtic win 5-4 penalties), November 4th 2017
Anyone in the complex today were treated to a very entertaining and really well contested youth match in which both sets of players gave it their all. The first half was a cagey affair with both defences well organized and limiting the chances to set pieces . Celtic were well organized in defence with Ross Gavin , Kevin Hawkins , Jack O Gorman and Corey Kelly comfortably dealing with anything Town could throw at them . Celtic always looked more comfortable in possession with Cian O Sullivan and Ayo Williams working hard in midfield . The game really sprung to life in the Second half . Town threatened first with a corner kick that was headed narrowly wide . Celtic responded with some good passing releasing Peter O Dowd on the left wing who's well struck shot was held by the keeper. The better of the chances were falling to Celtic and Kevin Hawkins thought he had got the opener only to see his shot saved by the town keeper. Celtic again thought they had scored when Padraig O Loughlin saw his shot hit the side netting . Extra time beckoned but Jack o Gorman had to be sharp to Deny Dylan Bates a shot on goal in the final minute. Both teams were tired but it didn't prevent an exciting extra time without either side getting the all decisive winning goal . The penalty shootout was just as exciting as the game with Billy Murphy's fine save and 5 converted penalties from Kevin Hawkins , Corey Kelly, Ayo Williams , Cian O Sullivan and Peter O Dowd enough to see Celtic through to the next round. Well done to all the players.
Evergreen (Kilkenny) 3 Clonmel Celtic 4, FAI U17 Cup Rd 2, 29th October 2017
Given the weekend that is in it Celtic endured a couple of scary moments before they could celebrate progressing to the next round of the FAI U17 Cup. Celtic thought they had opened the scoring in the first few minutes when a clever free kick routine saw Ross Gavin score only for the goal to be ruled offside after a delayed decision by the referee. Evergreen went a goal ahead shortly after when Celtic cleared a corner only for the ball to fall to Jack Sheridan who struck a wonderful volley from the edge of the box . Celtic stepped up to the mark and playing some really good passing football and quickly got the equalizer they deserved when Kieran Crotty was found with a good pass from Jamie Doyle and his well struck shot gave the keeper no chance. Celtic went 2-1 up a few minutes later when good work by Padraig O Loughlin on the left wing set up Ayo Williams to score from close range . Celtic were dominant at this stage but Evergreen were dangerous on the break and Jack O Gorman and Gordon Rossitor had to be at their best to keep them at bay with their forward Cian Franey hitting the post with a fine shot to serve as a warning. Evergreen were struggling to come to terms with Celtics passing and a good passing movement between Ayo Williams , Ross Gavin and Danial Quigley saw Jamie Doyle put through to score Celtics third goal of the game . Celtics fourth goal ,a great individual effort from Ross Gavin with a well struck shot from 25 yards , he almost added a second only to see his header saved by the Evergreen keeper . The Second half proved more difficult as Evergreen threw everything at Celtic who were certainly on the back foot for the first twenty five minutes of the half . Evergreen pulled a goal back through Jack Sheridan when he capitalised on some indecisive defending in the Celtic penalty area. They pulled a third goal back through Fred Odera when he was able to latch onto a ball over the top of the Celtic defence and kept his composure to score . Celtic regained their composure after this and again took the game to Evergreen with Danial Quigley , Padraig o Loughlin and Riuari Burke coming close to adding a fifth goal . Overall a good team performance away from home in what for the neutral was I'm sure an exciting game to watch.
Clonmel Celtic 1 Thomastown Utd 2 SFAI U12 Round 4 28th October 2017
The A's were up against Thomastown in the National Cup. We were missing two top defenders in Jack Lawlor and Michael O'Reilly and perhaps that led to us making a nervous start which led to conceding an own goal. However Celtic started to work themselves into the game a got a foothold but found themselves trailing at the break. A change of formation saw us start on the front foot and Mikey Maguire scored from all of 25 yards in off the crossbar. We dominated possession but as we pressed for a winner were caught on the break for Thomastown's second. We changed again leaving just two at the back, Billy Quigley putting in an immense performance despite taking a heavy knock. Peter made an amazing save to keep us in the game and we created chances, Tyler, Shane and Cillian all going close however it wasn't to be and Thomastown progress to the next round. We couldn't have asked any more from these lads as they left everything they had on the pitch and did not deserve to be on a losing side.
A special thanks to the Mammies who put on a great spread for both teams.
Clonmel Celtic 4 Portlaw 3, FAI U17 Cup Rd 1 30/9/2017
Celtic advanced to the next round of the u17 cup overcoming a dogged Portlaw side who never gave up in a game that produced seven goals. Celtic were the better side in the opening quarter of the game with the midfield trio of Ross Gavin, Ayo Williams and Kieran Crotty controlling the game . Celtic went ahead when Danial Quigley got a touch in front of goal from a Celtic corner. Ross Gavin got Celtic's second goal when he volleyed home a cross from Corey O' Brien. After that Celtic seemed to lose their composure they had showed earlier in the game , giving away silly free kicks and conceeding possession too easily at times . Portlaw took heart from this and got back into the game when Celtic gave away possession easily on the right hand side and the cross was perfectly converted by Luke Walsh . Portlaw were unlucky not to grab a second shortly after when they hit the crossbar and the first half finished 2-1 to Celtic . The second half saw a similar pattern with Celtic unlucky not to get a third goal early on when Ross Gavin saw his header go narrowly wide . At the other end Billy Murphy had to be at his best to save from a header from Jack Halley. Portlaw did get a second goal to bring the game level when Gavin Nolan's shot found the net and almost grabbed the lead shortly after when Jack Halley broke forward from midfield and hit a thunderous shot from 30 yrds only to see it hit the crossbar much to Celtic's relief. This seemed to shake Celtic into action with Ayo Williams and Kieran Crotty proving the driving force in midfield along with Padraig O Loughlin on the right wing getting behind the Portlaw defence. Celtics third goal came on 70mins when Ross Gavin rose highest to header home a Riauri Burke cross . Again Portlaw came back and Celtic suffered for some poor defending when Ewan Ryan found himself unmarked in front of goal to score his teams third goal and bring the game level. The game looked like going to extra time when Riuari Burke collected the ball on the left hand side and cut across the pitch to shoot a brilliant right footed shot low to the right of the keeper and into the net . There was not enough time for Potlaw to get another equalizer and Celtic progress to the next round.
Clonmel Celtic 2 St Patricks Boys (Carlow) 3 SFAI U13 Cup 23/9/2017
Clonmel Celtic's interest in this year's SFAI Cup is over after they were ultimately outfought by Carlow side St Patricks Boys going down 3-2 in a wet and windswept Celtic Park this evening. Celtic almost made the perfect start on 2 minutes when Matthew Roche Nagle broke through but his effort was just off target. Disaster struck for Celtic a minute later with some play that characterised a sloppy first half from the home side. After giving the ball away cheaply in midfield the Carlow winger got to the end line far too easily and his cross was converted to give the visitors an early lead. The goal gave the visitors a boost and they began to pose more problems for Celtic. Jake Forristal came close for Celtic on 13 minutes but the keeper raced from his line to deny him while at the other end Eoin Condon got down well to smother a cross that was asking to be converted. On 21 minutes Alex Greene had a long range effort that was saved while a minutes later a vital inteception from Dawid Grabowski denied St Patricks an opportunity. On 25 minutes the home side suffered a major setback when St Patricks struck for a second. Adam Zorgatti forced a saved on 29 minutes as the visitors took a commanding 2-0 lead to the break. It was a much improved Celtic that began the second half as they started to complete better physically and also their passing improved that saw them compete much better. On 3 minutes Dylan Lonergan flashed an effort into the side netting and 5 minutes later Celtic were back in the contest when a long range effort from Matthew Roche Nagle found the net. This was a good period of the game for Celtic and a pivotal moment came on 48 minutes when Michael Prendergast just failed to connect with a Matthew Roche Nagle cross and the chance went. The momentum seemd to swing back in favour of St Patricks as they began to impose thenselves again. They were denied a third by a fine fingertip save by Eoin Condon. With Celtic committed to pushing men forward they were left vulnerable to a counter and on a couple of occasions they had Harry Roche Nagle and Dawid Grabowski to thank for some last ditch defending. However with three minutes to go the visitors put the game to bed when they scrambled home despite the best efforts of Eoin Condon and a couple of Celtic defenders. There was still time for Jake Forristal to give Celtic hope with a neat finish in the last minute but it was really a case of too little to late. Disapointment in the end for Celtic but they can take a lot of encouragement from a battling second half display and can have a lot to look forward to in their upcoming league campaign.
Hannover Harps 0 Clonmel Celtic 11 SFAI U12 Cup 16/9/2017
The first ever competitive game for the U12's was a tricky trip to Carlow outfit Hanover Harps. The lads were fired up and the front two of John Brunnock and Mikey Maguire put pressure on straight away with their pressing.Mikey opened the scoring with a powerful run and shot from a narrow angle that the keeper couldn't keep out. The game was a real contest but Celtic were winning their battles throughout, Tyler winning every high ball in the middle and he made it 2 after strong work from Michael O'Reilly. Celtic kept dominating physically, Jack Lawlor with some crunching challenges. We kept making chances and it was 3 by half time, Mikey Maguire out jumping everyone to power in a header from Cillian O'Brien's corner. Changes were made at half time and we asked the lads to keep the pressure on which they duly did, Mikey completing his hat trick with a fierce drive, Tyler got his second and Cillian added another. The subs were making an impact, Jack Norris with great skill and strength in midfield, Dominik Mendall added his pace and aggression and Jack Liot notched two goals, showing good sharpness to finish the rebound from a shot and a nice finish from a narrow angle for his second. Shane Ryan got in on the act with a second half hattrick, well deserved for his tireless running. We could of scored more, Chuck, John Brunnock and Nikki all going close. It wasn't all about the attackers either, a clean sheet always welcome and the defence were on song, Michael O'Reilly looking dominant, Billy Quigley so composed with the ball and tenacious without it and the aggression and strength of Jack Lawlor backed up by the reassuring presence of Peter Boland in the goal who kept his concentration throughout and was like an extra outfield player with his accurate distribution. A great start, well done lads let's keep this intensity going into the next round and our league campaign. Thanks to parents for traveling and their support.
' Brilliant game, well done lads and coaches!' Gillian,
'What a great performance to the boys in green ye were shining bright today & beaming at full time. Glory glory to the coaches. George, Viktor & Ozzy as for us parents we are proud of you all & clonmel celtic ⚽🤘👏👏👏👏' Rosie
'An unprecedented winning margin of 11 goals and clean sheet. What an awesome performance by the Celtic U12s today in Carlow. Strength, skill and passion at its best. A great start to what I hope is a great season for these young boys (coaches included!!!). A great afternoon and thanks to George, Victor, Brian and Oz for their wonderful coaching and encouragement. I'm sure every parent appreciates your generiousity of self and time' Catherine
Peake Villa 2 Clonmel Celtic 1 (TSDL Youths Division 1)
The youth team will wonder how they came away from Thurles today with nothing to show for in a game in which they had most of the possession. Celtic started well and got a deserved lead after 10mins when Cian O Sullivan struck a great shot on the run from 25yrds which beat the Peake Villa keeper diving to his left. Celtic looked comfortable in possession especially Kevin Hawkins at the centre of defence who limited any threat presented by Peake Villa . Although we had lots of possession we failed to create any real clear chances . Peake Villa got their equalizer on 25mins when the impressive Frank Mckevitt struck a brilliant free kick from 20yrds. The Second half saw Celtic push hard to regain the lead and although they got behind the peake Villa defence a number of times the final pass was never good enough to get the breakthrough their dominance of possession deserved. Peake Villa got their second goal when they were awarded a penalty following a foul by Kevin Hawkins which was converted by Kevin Patan. Celtics best chance to equalize fell to Cian O Sullivan when he rounded the keeper only to be denied by a last ditch tackle . All in all Celtic will be disappointed not to get something from the game and Peake Villa will be happy to have got a hard fought three points .
Clonmel Celtic 2 Cahir Park 2 (TSDL Youths Premier League).
Ferryhouse was the venue for the first youth game of the season and both teams didn't disappoint providing an exciting game of football. Cahir got off to the perfect start with Rhys Byron scoring with a fine header after just 30 seconds . This was a test of character for the Celtic players and each responded well to the challenge . Bit by bit Celtic got back into the game with Cian O Sullivan and Kieran Crotty full of energy in the midfield and Ross Gavin , Peter O Dowd and Ayo Williams causing problems for the Cahir defence. Celtic got a deserved equalizer on 18mins when Ross Gavin surrounded by Cahir players in the penalty area showed composure and imagination to flick the ball over the keeper's head . Cahir were always a threat going forward and Rhys Byron and Rhys o Reagan were proving a handful for the Celtic defense and Kevin Hawkins had to be at his best to deny them both with well timed tackles . Celtic absorbed the pressure well with Peter o Dowd and Ayo Williams providing an outlet for the Celtic defence , and this provided Celtic with the second goal on 31mins when Ayo Williams received the ball wide on the right wing and cut infield to curl a great effort to the top left hand corner to give Celtic the lead . Cahir proved dangerous from set pieces and Stephen Grogan almost gave them an equalizer just before half time when he powered a header just over the crossbar from a corner. The pace of the game didn't let up in the second half with both teams creating chances as the game opened up . Cahir had a good patch midway through the second half and the Celtic full backs Luke Condon and Sean O Leary had to be at their best as Cahir tried to stretch the game a bit more . Cahir got their equalizer on 67 mins under controversial circumstances after Celtic keeper Billy Murphy looked to be fouled after he caught a cross under pressure , the ball fell loose at the feet of Kieran Lambert who made no mistake . The pace of the game took it's toll as Celtic had to make changes with Ben Norris replacing Kieran Crotty and Jack o Gorman and Riuari Burke replacing the hardworking and influential Cian O Sullivan and Gordon Rossitor . Celtic came close to winning the game in the last few minutes when Peter O Dowd's cross from the left was met by Ross Gavin at the back post but his well directed header was saved by the Cahir keeper . Celtic played out the last few minutes with 10 men as we lost Jamie Roche to a hamstring injury , many thanks to Maura Grogan from cahir for her assistance . In the end a draw was a fair result in what was an exciting youth match which was a credit to both teams .