Monday 23 July 2018

Clinical Celtic too strong for stablemates

Under-15: Quay Celtic 6 Quay Olympic 0

Celtic showed who the boss is in this internal derby between the two Quay teams in the under-15 league played at the club's home ground at Clancy Park.

Only a point separated the sides in the table before kick-off, lying in third and fourth place respectively.

But a wide gulf was evident and reflected in the winning margin, with the victory sending Celtic above Rock Celtic into second place, but with two more matches played.

Olympic got off to an unsettling start, conceding an own goal to fall behind after six minutes and never recovered. Celtic scored twice more with little more than 20 minutes gone, and both goals were the result of really poor defending from corner kicks.

For the first the ball somehow was allowed through a crowded goalmouth and presented the completely unmarked Callum Magee with the easiest of tasks to hit the roof of the net at the back post.

It was just as disheartening the manner that tall striker Lee O'Carroll stole in to space at the near post and without having to rise nodded in unchallenged for Celtic's third goal..

Olympic's Jake McConville was the losers lone threat in this one sided half, and struck the two shots that they had at goal to break the almost constant one way flow of the play. One was a stinging effort but flew straight at goalkeeper Con O'Donoghue.

The losers were fortunate not to turnover more behind, with goalkeeper Mark Brady redeeming himself for striking a kick out straight to an opponent by pulling off two magnificent flying saves in quick succession.

Olympic didn't learn from their set piece tribulations, conceding yet another goal from a corner kick, as they were subjected to concerted pressure in the opening ten minutes of the second-half.

Callum Smith this time eluded the Olympic defence, and free on his own at the back post had no trouble in making it four nil.

O'Carroll then fired home the Goal of the Match as he wriggled through a crowd of players into the box and his fierce shot took a slight deflection as it beat the helpless goalkeeper.

Jack Crawford completed the scoring when one of the over-worked Olympic defenders tried to dribble his way out of defence and was dispossessed. The ball was chipped into the box and Crawford hooked it into the net.

The winners also hit the crossbar, while Olympic were restricted to breakaway attacks in which they came close to grabbing a consolation goal a few times.

Quay Celtic: Con O'Donoghue, Liam Corbett, Rhiain Colgan, Aaron McArdle, Callum Magee, Callum Smith, Sean Cassidy, Oisin Breen, Conor Walls, Lee O'Carroll, Alex Sleseris, Jack Crawford, Darren O'Malley, Dara Brady.

Quay Olympic: Mark Brady, Ryan Smyth, Barry Kehoe, Neil Gartlan, Sean McElroy, Cormac Brannigan, Ryan McCaughey, Conor Murphy, Jake McConville, Benny Crosby, Ryan Wilson, Joseph McGeown, Aaron Markey, Niall Woods.

The Argus