This cup round one qualifier was effectively over in the first 10 minutes as Celtic Boys raced into a 2-0 lead over Rossglass writes Cyril McKinney. Celtic Bhoys have put down ther rmarker for this season that they are chasing a league title and a slice of the silver this season and will be chasing the tails of Mourne Rovers, Ballynagross and Ardglass.
On 4 minutes Chris Mullan on the left wing cut inside his marker and unleashed an unstoppable shot to the net from the edge of the box. Sean McMahon then doubled the lead on 10 minutes with a decisive finish and a minute later Stevie Galbraith fired over the bar as Celtic Boys continued their early dominance.
Rossglass struggled to get forward and it took 20 minutesfor them to force their first corner. But Celtic Boys continued to dominate the game and got the ball forward quickly with Chris Mullan on the left flank looking dangerous everytime he got the ball and on 37 minutes Rossglass keeper Matthew McKinney had to be alert to cut out another goal-bound shot.
Rossglass continued to try to get a hold on the game with Cormac McLaughlin and Marc Burke pressing forward and Chris Hamilton upfront showing well for the ball and on 39 minutes Paul McGarry sprung the offside trap and was in one one with the Celtic Boys keeper Nathan Curran who spread himself and saved the day. From the resulting corner Rossglass’s Marc Burke fired a long range effort over the bar. Two minutes laterBurke was the culprit as he gave away a free on the left edge of his own box. From the resulting free Stevie Galbraith curled one into the top corner to make it 3-0 at half-time.
Within 4 minutes of the restart Sean McMahon had doubled his own tally with a deft finish. Rossglass were rewarded for their endeavour on 51minutes when Chris Hamilton bundled to the net at the far post from a right wingcross from Ben Lennon. At4-1 down Rossglass continued the offensive and Cormac McLaughlin fired over from outside the box, but Celtic Boys quickly and effectively got a firm hand on the game again and were driven forward by Terene Bell who finished in style on 58 minutes followed by McCoubrey on 60 minutes who raced clear and fired to the net to leave the score at 6-1.
Try as they could Rossglass could not make any real inroads on the Celtic Boys defence and only had two long range volleys from McGarry and Hamilton to show for their endeavours. Yellow cards were shown to Burke who was then replaced and the veteran Barry Mageean was shown yellow for a late tackle. Celtic’s Eoin Boyle was shown yellow for a sliding tackle which he continued to debate with the referee.
On 81 minutes Celtic Boys completed the scoring when Boyle sent Sean McMahon through on goal and he calmly rounded McKinney in the Rossglass goal to complete his hat trick.
Overall Celtic Boys were much too strong in every department for this Rossglass side and had they have taken their chances the result could have been in double figures. Rossglass try as they might couldnot match their opponents and will need to improve but will not relish the forthcoming league encounters against the Bhoys.
Celtic Boys: Nathan Curran, Shaun Megahey, Chris McDowell, Matthew carson, Michael Rice, Jordan Curran, Jordan McCoubrey, Terence Bell, Stephen Galbraith, Sean McMahon, Christopher Mullan
Subs: Conaill Kerr for Chris McDowell, Eoin Boyle for Stevie Galbraith,Ricky Kerr for Chris Mullan.
Rossglass: Matthew McKinney, Barry Mageean, Conor Annett, Conor Watterson, Ryan Tumelty, Adam Smyth, Cormac McLaughlin, Ben Lennon, Marc Burke, Paul McGarry, Chris Hamilton
Subs: Thomas Redmond for Conor Annett , Oran Tumelty for McLaughlin, Blain Lennonfor Marc Burke.