Young Celts get back to winning ways

DCFC U16s 7

St Marys 1

THE young Celts got back to winning ways on Saturday past with a comprehensive victory over Portadown team St Mary’s. Both teams were not helped by a mix up in venues but the DC boys settled quicker and took the game to St Marys.

In the 15th minute the Celts took the lead when the ball was slotted home by Peter Lagan. This gave the DC boys more confidence and they began to play the football for which they are known. A great passage of play down the left wing involving McElhone, Scullion and Doole was brought to a sudden halt when Doole was taken down in the area and the ref pointed to the spot.

The penalty was put into the top corner by Scullion and the score was 2-0.

The Celts had most of the possession and could have scored another couple when Doole came close and the hard working Devlin passed when he maybe should have taken it on himself. Half time 2-0 DC.

In the second half St Mary’s struck first when careless play from DC let the forward through and he made no mistake.

This seemed to waken up DC and they piled the pressure on St Marys but they could not get the ball into the net.

That changed when following a corner there was a goal mouth scramble and young Oran Kelly hooked the ball into the goal from a tight angle to give DC the 2 goal cushion again.

The game was all Draperstown now and the fourth goal arrived following great inter play between Burke, Doole and Scullion who set up the captain McGuigan who fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. DC were rampant now and the impressive McCloskey was influencing the game with his ability to carry the ball out from the back and spray long passes to his team mates.

The fifth goal arrived shortly after when McGuigan popped up again to rifle home. No sooner had the game restarted when Lagan stole the ball and finished to make it 6-1.

The Portadown team seemed to lose all discipline and the DC wingers gave the defence a torrid time and it was no surprise when Doole prodded home from close range to finish the scoring . Full time 7-1.

A great team performance from the young Celts with McCloskey, McGuigan and Lagan in particular winning plaudits from the spectators. Although it was a comprehensive victory there is still work to be done so let’s all stay together and keep the momentum going

Squad: Conor Gallagher, Pearse Grant, Michael Burke, Roddy Mullin, Roghan McCloskey, Mark Doole, Conn McElhone, Ciaran Scullion, Peter Lagan, Odhran McGuigan, Ronan Devlin, Franny Doherty, Oran Kelly Man of the Match: Roghan McCloskey.

Next Game – Sat 13th Oct @ 10.30am: Craigavon City at TBC

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