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Under 16Bs Win in the Wind

Searching for a win at the start of the 2nd half of the 2017 season, having lost out to league leaders Dalkey the previous week, Park Celtic U16B team took to their home turf and kicked off on St. Lawrence’s No.1 pitch at the early time of 10:15.

A lovely morning, with the first 11 executing the game plan perfectly. Choosing to play into the wind in the first half they held most of the possession, settled into the game quickly with good ball control, tight passing and assaults on the St. James Athletic goal. 

Donal Martin (The Wall) between the sticks ensured, as usual, any chances taken by St. James in the first half were snuffed out. Rian Toner and Max Schmidt controlled the left and right back positions solidly and Sam Ryan deflated the St. James attack by eating up the game from his home at Centre Back.

The deadlock was broken 20 minutes in by Park with a pass from Rian to right wing Charlie Downes who shunted inside to Sam Tyndall. Sam shared inside left to Dylan Maher who flicked on to Nathan Tormey. Nathan looked up to thread a beauty through the back line and allow left-wing Karl Horsfield run on, take two touches to bring him just outside the 18 and smash an unstoppable canon left-foot past the mesmerised keeper.

At the half, Tomas Bell replaced Karl, Tiarnán Kelly replaced Charlie, Paul Léon and Sam Halpin took over from Nathan and Sam Tyndall while Cian Magee upfront was replaced by Darrach O’Giolláin.

The tempo increased from the off with St. James no.7 & 9 leading as they had ended the first half and putting unexpected pressure on our goal. With a quick break 10 mins in, through the middle and out to the right, Darrach managed a thumper which was spilled by the keeper and in true striker role, Tomas sprinted from left to pounce on loose ball and made sure he found the net.

All credit to St. James who never gave up and kept searching, when a corner floated by their 7 curled across the goal line and was nodded in by the higher rising no.10. A well deserved goal.

Remaining calm, Park settled and in quick succession Darrach and Max who had moved upfront found the net. From here on it was mainly Park with all credit to St. James for very courageously and tenaciously chasing the game. In a lovely team goal starting at back left position, worked though the middle and out again along the left wing, the cross into the 18 was thumped home by Max, getting his second and fifth for the boys in blue and purple.

A comprehensive win, in a very sporting and friendly manner by both teams, a lovely morning of football for all spectators and a deserved successful result most hoped would be echoed on Wednesday by this Junior Cert team.

Roll on next Wed. and Sunday