Hannover Harps 0 Clonmel Celtic 11 SFAI U12 Cup
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 .