Tuesday 23 January 2018

Perfect Swords a cut above the rest


HAVING collected maximum points from their first eight outings, second place Swords Celtic have certainly been the Fingal success story so far this season.

Under Larry Clare, Celtic have beaten all before them with their attack led by Robbie Farrell netting 28 goals to date. With Neale Fenn absent for most of the season due to various commitments, Celtic might have been expected to struggle, but Clare has brought in Farrell and Paul Shiels while the return to form of central midfielder and 2011 player of the year Shane Byrne has also proved instrumental. And Clare has been particularly pleased with Farrell who spent much of last season in an uncustomary role at centre half for Baldoyle United. 'I have been very pleased with the goals Robbie Farrell has scored. He has been a revelation and Barry Caulfield's performances have been excellent as well.' Caulfield's Fingal Ravens GAA teammate Darren Daly has also proved a welcome addition to the side and while a call up to Jim Gavan's Dublin squad may curtail his involvement with Celtic in the New Year, Clare has been delighted to have him in the team. 'He played three or four games. He has a great attitude, works very hard and doesn't have a big opinion of himself, he is a good lad. 'We have a panel of 18 and wouldn't worry about any of them playing in one position and we have another lad Philly Nolan at centre forward and he is showing great promise.' Celtic are due to resume to resume their campaign against St John Bosco this Sunday in Balheary and Clare is hopeful that the winter break hasn't interrupted their momentum too much. 'This time last year we had only five games to play. We were lucky with the draw but at the same time the Christmas break killed us as well. 'We got six points from five games when we got back. We lost our momentum because we took a break at Christmas when we shouldn't really have.' The inclement conditions over the winter has led to a string of cancellations which means that Celtic still have a long way to go with fourteen games to get through before the end of the season. Nonetheless Clare is confident that Celtic with their games in hand can secure promotion. 'Our goal is to go up the intermediate grade and once we do that I'm hoping we will be able to climb up the divisions.'

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