Celtic Bhoys Beat Caledon In Irish Cup Tie

Celtic Bhoys Too Strong For Caledon

Celtic Bhoys Too Strong For Caledon

Junior Cup Tie.

Celtic Boys 5 1 Caledon Rovers.

Celtic Boys entertained Caledon Rovers at Ballyhornan for this Junior Cup Tie in sunny Ballyhornan and could have been three up inside the first 10 minutes writes Cyril McKInney.

There was great approach work from McMahon on the left wing. His crosses had the Caledon backline struggling to pick-up McCoubrey sliding in but he failed to convert all three chances.

Celtic Bhoys forward Conor Doherty closes in on Celedon’s Shay Cooney. (Photos by Cyril McKinney).

The home side continued to enjoy a lot of possession but it took 27 minutes for them to make the breakthough when McMahon set up Gibney with a clever pass and he coolly fired to the net past a static McCaffrey in the Caledon nets.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 following some great interchanges between Gibney, McCoubrey and McMahon who coverted at the back post with the visiting defence struggling to contain this potent strikeforce.

On 42 minutes Celtic Boys went 3-0 up when the alert Gibney intercepted a backpass to the keeper and finished in style to leave it 3-0 at halftime.

Caledon Rovers never really threatened the home defence and were restricted to one shot on target in the first half easily saved by keeper Fitzpatrick.

It was more of the same in the second half and within 5 minutes of the restart Celtic Boys went 4-0 up through Doherty who scored with a cross come shot that looped over the keeper from 8 yards out.

Jay Gibney attacking for Celtic Bhoys as Caledon’s Dwayne McGlone looks on.

Shaun Megahey made it 5-0 in 56 minutes from just inside the box with a clinical finish.

Caledon eventually got on the scoresheet through a penalty awarded after Cahill handled the ball inside his own box which converted by Williamson.

That was as good as it got for Caledon who were well beaten by a Celtic Boys team who were relentless and impressive when they got the ball down and played some great football.

The front three linked well and were a constant threat while Doherty used his height to good effect.

And with the rock solid defence of Megahey, Logue, Rice and the consistent Quinn the result was never in doubt and the winning margin could have been bigger.

Celtic Boys: Caolain Fitzpatrick, Shaun Megahey, Ruarai Quinn, Caolain Logue, Michael Rice, Corey McCartan, Jordan McCoubrey, Conor Doherty, Jay Gibney, Sean McMahon, Conaill Kerr. Subs: Sean Cahill for Conaill Kerr, Peter Casey , Sean Ferris for Jordan McCoubrey, Gary Carberry for Corey McCartan

Caledon Rovers: Francis McCaffrey, Dwayne McGlone,Ryan Greene, Brent Murray, Mark Williamson, George Curran, Mark Trainor, Asley Espie, Shay Cooney, Adam McCann, Jonathan McMahon. Subs: Alistair Lyons for Asley Espie, Steven Monaghan