Shamrock Rovers ‘A’ 5- 1 Ballymurn Celtic ‘A’
Ballymurn celtic were in for a tough day today as they faced a premier division team in the wexford cup
In the opening few minutes the boys showed great team spirit showing the rovers they weren’t in for an easy day with the lads clearing many balls and not letting anyone through the middle ballymurn were unlucky not to have a goal in the opening few minutes
James murphy, Dec kealy, Paul Walsh & Dave cummins are as busy as ever in the back line given Aaron a hand during corners eoghan kehoe has a great chance at goal narrowly missing his target
Aaron saved a great a shot and his next kick out was something else almost scoring from his own kick out!! Not so long after Aaron was put to the test again and shines through once saving a powerful shot
In the 25th minute Dave cummins earns himself a yellow card when a tackle in the box didn’t go as planned a penalty was also awarded as far as Aaron is concerned pressure is for tyres and this shone through when he fantastically and confidently saves the penalty great work Aaron!
James Murphy puts an extra long throw straight into the box rovers head the ball straight to eoghans feet where he struck the ball with all his might unfortunately putting it wide
Just before half time ronan gahan blocks another ball with his body not allowing the ball to get past the half way line.
Heading into the second half in rainy conditions this cup game is still scoreless neither side are showing signs of giving up it will be a hard fought battle
In the first few seconds of the second half Walsh found himself with a yellow card and unfortunately a penalty got found itself in the back of the net
The 5th yellow card of the day found itself being awarded to a rovers player
Rovers find the net for a second time in the first ten minutes of the second half
A free let’s ballymurn back in the game with Shane & pj showing great teamwork and getting the ball past the rovers keeper and into the back of the net
In the 73rd minute Paul Dempsey replaces Shane o Rourke! Great game Shane!
For the final ten minutes of the game Jimmy o toole makes his season debut and comes on for Dave cummins
Ballymurn Celtic bow out of the wexford cup with their heads held high after been dealt one of the hardest teams in the league. But after playing a game of brilliant football in poor conditions against a premier division team Celtic can get back to their final 6 league games with confidence
Well done lads!!
James Murphy, Paul Walsh (C), Declan Kealy, Dave Cummins,
Pj Bourke, Ronan Gahan, Tj Parle, Shane O’ Rourke,
Jimmy O’ Toole
Camolin 1 – 4 Ballymurn Celtic
With a second place finish in the league completely in our hands, the first of 3 must win matches took place in Camolin. Whilst we enjoyed a comfortable win against them earlier in the season at Chapel Field of dreams, Camolin had taken some notable scalps throughout the season and were not to be underestimated.
We shuffled the pack once more such is the strength of our squad to give fair game time to our lads. We welcomed Kevin Sludds back, a huge loss to us this season, and his partnership with Willie Leslie at the back has been top class this season. From kick off it was clear Camolin were looking to take another scalp in the form of Celtic, and were tenacious and skilful. We were caught off guard by this it seemed and for the first half struggled to get a foot hold in the game. Whether it was complacency, or just a bad half it had to change or we would get nothing from the match.
That said we still created tremendous chances and with a bit of individual hustling and harrying from Ken King he opened the scoring. Perhaps this was the jump start we needed but again we were very flat, completely out of character for this fine team. Again chances fell to Celtic, Josh Whitehead was unlucky not to score, as was Iain Banville who was denied at the last for what would have been the most well deserved goal of the season.
We paid for this lethargy and poor performance when from a free kick, James White saved the initial shot but it rebounded to Camolin who tucked it home from close in. Such was their hunger there were 3 Camolin lads who could have scored with no Celtic player around them. It was well deserved, and put a pin in our balloon. Something had to change or our push for second place was going to falter today.
Half time came and no punches were pulled in the managers assessment of the first 45. The lads were sent out with the task of putting it right. In fairness the pace was upped but when Camolin hit the bar in a penalty box melee, the changes were rung. Management has never been afraid to throw all our eggs in the basket and with that Salmon Miller, Ronan Gahan and Splenda Whelan were brought on to try and get the lads going. This was no reflection on Daithi Redmond, Rob O’Toole or Ken King, but we had to try something different.
The impact was instant, David Kehoe moved forward, and with Salmon winning the battles in the middle Ronan’s pace and strength on the right, and Splenda’s willingness to put in a savage shift the tide turned. Suddenly we were attacking with real power. Splenda had a shot saved by the keeper we couldn’t believe it. Ronan had an effort cleared off the line, Josh was unlucky, David was making breaks and causing real problems.
We thought it might not be our day as we were doing everything but scoring until the aforementioned David Kehoe tucked one home. The relief was obvious among our support. Soon after Josh netted for us and after some brilliant play by Tommy, Luke Redmond and David, Splenda got our fourth.
For long periods, it seemed as though we might make a balls of it, and it is a lesson learned for us all if we are to try and finish second, that there are no easy games, and you really only get what you put in. Well done lads on turning it around, but that application in the first half can’t happen again.
Luke Redmond, Kevin Sludds, Willie Leslie, Iain Banville
Rob O Toole, David Kehoe, Tommy Ring, Daithi Redmond
Josh Whitehead, Ken King
Subs : Salmon Miller, Splenda Whelan, Ronan Gahan, Jacob English, Dave Cummins
Celtic 2 – 2 Castledockrell
Celtic went into the game knowing any slip up against our rivals would essentially be the end of finishing 2nd in the league. In truth the game probably shouldn’t have gone ahead due to the pitch suffering from the weather.
We lined up with a strong squad, and went about our task with determination and commitment from the off. Playing up the hill in the 1st half, we were outstanding in our application, and took a deserved lead through Josh Whitehead. Salmon Miller was immense in the middle with Tommy Ring, who gets better with each game, a perfect pairing.
Luke Lacey was brilliant in attacking the backs with his pace, and got Celtics second goal soon after with a fine individual effort. Celtic were really running the show, and had a third goal from Splenda Whelan ruled out with the home support and players scratching our heads as to why. We had numerous chances to increase our lead as the Dockrell goal led a charmed life, unfortunately we would rue this missed opportunities.
Ken King made a tremendous tackle, winning the ball and then clearing had a penalty given against him, once more we all were left bemused by the decision. Dockrell were in no mood to look a gift horse in the mouth and were delighted with the chance to get themselves back in the match. The penalty was taken, and missed over the bar, we felt justice was served, until it was ordered to be re-taken, we were incensed. This time there was no error and it was put away supremely. In the space of a few minutes we had gone from potentially being 3 up to now having a slender advantage.
David Kehoe was brilliant in centre back, with Luke Redmond and Iain Banville, providing superb support to our wingers. The unlucky Philly Kehoe had to come off due to injury after a great start and was replaced by the super commitment of Daithi Redmond.
The second half started and as expected, Castledockrell grew more into the game, but we still posed a huge threat and should have scored to give ourselves some breathing space. A tremendous save by the Dockrell keeper denied Luke, whilst Josh and Splenda were unlucky not to have hit the onion bag.
Cha Murphy and Rob O’Toole were introduced to give fresh legs on a heavy pitch. Jimmy White was super when called upon with some fine saves from good Dockrell shots. Unfortunately Cha had to leave the field due to illness, which was a shame for Cha as he really could have done some damage with his pace. Rob was busy as ever and moved back to midfield to cover the space as we now looked to see the game out with 10 players.
It was not to be, with a couple of minutes remaining, a great shot from Dockrell was splendidly saved by Jimmy but the ball rebounded to the attacker who tucked it away. Given the balance of play and chances we had, and decisions which didn’t go our way, we felt like this point was a loss. It’s a sign of how high our standards are within this team. You couldn’t fault the effort, commitment, team play that these lads put in, and are an absolute credit to our club and village.
Luke Redmond, David Kehoe, Ken King, Iain Banville
Shane Whelan, Davy Miller, Tommy Ring, Philly Kehoe
Josh Whitehead, Luke Lacey
Subs : Daithi Redmond, Cha Murphy, Rob O’Toole, Emmett Kehoe
In wet & slippery conditions Ballymurn take on Bree in the Wexford cup on home turf.
In the opening few minutes Celtic start off strong with Shane o Rourke crossing a great ball into Stephen Redmond for a great chance on goal. Our retired goalkeeper for the day rich Murphy displays great play with a one on one challenge with a Bree player in the box. Stephen passes to Shane who passes to James, James drive the ball down the wing going out for a free kick, Pj gets his foot to it, slips it by the Bree keeper scoring ballymurns first goal in the opening 10 minutes.
Shane & Dylan create another great chance with slippery conditions not helping. Eoghan kehoe assisted Shane o Rourke in another good chance unfortunately it goes over the bar. Unfortunately, 20 minutes in Bree levels the games scoring a free header. A long throw from Bree forces rich to show us what he’s made of and makes a great diving save!!
Great play from dec & rich stops a goal from Bree going in. Half an hour into the game a second goal from Bree makes the game 2-1. Eoghan kehoe narrowly misses a goal. Rich pulls off a great save just before half time in the game
When half time came Celtic were hanging their heads walking off the pitch a few minutes later after great speeches on the side line they were back with their usual fighting spirits and ready to show Bree what there made of.
Two minutes into the second half despite great efforts from rich Bree found the back of the net. Desperate for a win today Ballymurn showed Bree they were ready to put up a fight a goal from Pj gave Bree something to work for.
Two changes were made with Tj Parle & Paul Dempsey coming on for Dave Cummins and Eoghan Kehoe.
Stephen Redmond scored a fantastic goal in the 71st minute. Ronan Gahan proves his fitness as he has yet another fantastic day for Ballymurn Celtic. Paul Dempsey creates great play, playing the ball back to Shane and Shane hits it into Dylan who has his shot stopped by the keeper. With 10 minutes to go after the keeper thought he had the ball giver Dylan ring steps in swiping the ball from under the keeper’s nose and powerfully bounces it off the top of the net. Pj was unlucky not to get his hatrick when he’s header went the wrong way
The game finished with a very deserving 4-3 win to Ballymurn and Celtic March on into the next round of the Wexford cup!!
James Murphy, Paul Walsh (c), Declan Kealy, Dave Cummins
Stephen Redmond, Pj Bourke
Ronan Gahan, Shane O’ Rourke
Eoghan Kehoe, Dylan Ring
Ballymurn suffered a setback with the Ballagh scoring a goal in the opening 2 minutes of the game. Although, in the 35th minute Paul Dempsey made the game 1 all with a fantastic goal assisted by Pj Bourke. Josh whitehead was unlucky after a great battle in the box making his presence known on the A team. James Murphy created great chances for the lads playing every ball in the right direction not giving the ballagh very many chances. In the 36th minute, unfortunately, Eoghan Kehoe was forced to come off through injury Dylan Ring replaces him up front. Josh whitehead was yet again unlucky after his shot was stopped on the line after plenty of battling.
In the opening minute of the second Josh crossed a great ball in to Dylan who got his head to it narrowly missing the goal, a few minutes later Dylan scores a great goal in the 51st played into him by Josh once again. Ronan gahan had a great run today showing off his great skills & pace.
The ballagh unluckily levels with us once again in the 55th minute. With 15 minutes to our work horse Davy Miller came on for Paul Dempsey. Tj parle also had a great game taking any chance he got to try get on the scorecard & assisting many others. Shane o Rourke scores ballymurns 3rd goal of the day with a quick free from Dylan Ring.
Ballymurn are delighted to be leaving the ballagh today with 3 points in the bag
James Murphy, Ronan Gahan, Paul Walsh (c), Dave Cummins
Tj Parle, Pj Bourke
Shane O’ Rourke, Paul Dempsey
Eoghan Kehoe, Josh Whitehead
Billy Browne cup Round 1
Camolin vs Ballymurn Celtic
Ballymurn started off strong gaining 3 throws early on taking by Stephen Redmond creating many chances for the boys. Pj couldn’t get his head to what could have been a great goal. Paul Dempsey made a great effort from the wing swinging it but unfortunately not going his way.
Some fantastic passes from all the players got the ball back down to the goal zone with the final pass coming from Stephen into snowy and crossed back into Stephen but unfortunately, he was forced to play it back.
A great kick out from Aaron got us a free when Tj and a Camolin player collided going up for a header. A long throw from James put the ball to snowys feet but when he tried to turn with the ball the Camolin player was quick on his heels. In the 11th minute pj found the back of the net with savage passing from Paul Dempsey!! Great playing boys! 😀
A throw from Stephen got Tj a shot at the goal, the Camolin keeper is feeling the pressure. Fantastic header from Pj to Snowy but couldn’t find the back of the net. A great ball from James from the other end of the pitch down to snowy but unfortunately got by the keeper
James Murphy cleared a dodgy ball from a corner. Unfortunately, a few minutes later in the 36th minute Camolin made the game 1 all.
After a very strong & competitive first half Ballymurn Celtic were back with a bang and looking for a win the second half starts with determination from all players
2 changes were made early in the second half with |Ronan coming on for Dave & Josh coming on for Paul Dempsey. Snowy was unlucky with a strike from the line.
James & Walsh showed great teamwork to stop a goal from Camolin with dodgy tackles and passing but the boys were sure to keep it clean. A free for Walsh coming from the camolin keeper picking up the ball outside the box resulted in Tj scoring a great goal in the 57th minute bringing the game to 2-1.
Just a mere 4 minutes later Shane o Rourke scored a great goal! Well done Shane keep it going boys!
A great delivery from James into Shane creating yet again another chance for us. Ronan had a great run of the pitch passing the ball to snowy right on time but it wasn’t to be. Very quickly on the other end of the pitch Aaron was busy making great saves. A great save from Aaron!!
Josh had a fantastic run up the field scoring a great goal! Great running Josh!
Paul Larissey came on for Dec after a fantastic performance unfortunately Dec came off with a yellow card behind him! Great game Dec!
Aaron came off his line to get rid of the ball with his foot! Well done Aaron always making sure before he decides!
Snowy finally found the back in the net in the 76th minute (ahem! With help from the camolins right back) Josh finished off another great goal assisted by snowy!
In the 85th minute snowy scored a cracker of a goal and less than a minute later Josh completed his Hatrick assisted by a corner kick from snowy once again.
Our very own right back James Murphy scored a fantastic goal in the 89th minute! Celebrations erupted & Celtic finished off strong with a score line of 9-1
On to the next round of the Billy Browne Cup!! Watch out Billy we’re coming for you!!
James Murphy, Paul Walsh (c) Dec Kealy, Dave Cummins
Stephen Redmond, Pj Bourke, Tj Parle, Eoghan Kehoe
Paul Dempsey, Shane O’ Rourke
Subs: Josh Whitehead, Paul Larissey, Ronan Gahan
Tj put a great ball through the middle into snowy & Glen where a great challenge with the keeper happened. forcing the keeper to kick the ball back out to play. Stephen redmond displayed a great performance shortly into the game with the ball coming back into Paul Walsh where he hit it into Glen who had a great shot but unfortunately putting it over the bar.
James Murphy gave a great ball into snowy who had a near miss on goal with a great ball played to him by Walsh missing the goal by a bare inch. An unlucky scramble in the box for Tj Parle wasn’t to be unfortunately but was a great performance from Tj.
A handball from Raheen gave us a free unfortunately snowy put it wide & again a short few minutes later snowy was to be unlucky again. An unreal performance from Paul Walsh who was all on his own for a shot only to blocked by the Raheen player but a second chance was created for Walsh but when it didn’t go to plan Walsh gave an Oscar winning performance & dramatic fall to the ground with a squeal!
After a short break our lads were back for the second half full of energy and ready to give it their all.
Glen had a great run up the wing and crossed the ball in but snowy couldn’t get his foot to it . Paul Walsh ran hard up through the middle passing the ball into snowy in the corner only for an offside to be called. Two quick corners from Paul Walsh creating opportunities were unfortunately cleared by a Raheen player.
In the 71st minute a change was made and Paul Dempsey came off being replaced by Shane O’ Rourke. Pj was unlucky not to get his head to a great ball in the box.
Unfortunately for Celtic Raheen found the back of the net in the 76th minute putting us under pressure for the remainding 15 minutes. A 1 nil loss for Ballymurn Celtic was the way the day ended but not to worry there is still plenty of games left to prove yourselves!! Well done to all involved 🙂
James Murphy, Paul Walsh(C), Dec Kealy, Dave Cummins
Stephen Redmond, Pj Bourke, Tj Parle, Glen Murphy
Eoghan Kehoe, Shane O’ Rourke
Subs: Paul Larissey, Paul Dempsey, Vincent Quirke
Duncannon 5 – 1 Ballymurn Celtic
Celtic travelled to Duncannon in the first game of the year hoping to keep our good form going. A strong squad assembled for this early lunchtime kick off with spirits high and plenty of confidence throughout the team.
The game started well for Celtic, with some great early chances for Josh Whitehead, who was unlucky not to score after creating some super opportunities for himself. Luke Lacey in his new advanced role was using his pace to great effect and lashed a 25 yard drive just over the bar. Things were looking well for Celtic. Stevie Dempsey was supreme linking midfield to the attack with some brilliant balls through the Duncannon defence, giving Josh and Luke plenty to work with.
At the other end James White pulled off an amazing save from Duncannon’s first notable attack, although there was little he could do about their first goal. Our line was caught playing off side and there was the Duncannon attacker on his own to squeeze the ball into the net. Their second goal was almost a carbon copy, and Celtic found themselves two down with a half hour of the game gone. Duncannon took their chances, we didnt. Panic was nowhere to be seen amongst our lads, as we knew we were creating opportunities and they would surely pay dividends. David Kehoe and Luke Redmond were linking brilliantly down the right with Philly Kehoe disciplined, breaking up play in the middle.
Rob O’Toole was working the left with Iain Banville supporting well. Before half time Celtic were dealt a blow when Stevie had to come off due to injury, although in Shane Whelan we had a more than capable replacement. The second half was barely started when Celtic were caught cold, the ball broke to Duncannon and their attacker lashed the ball home. Philly and Rob made way for Emmett Kehoe and Dylan Ring. Inside five minutes we had one back by way of a penalty won and scored by Josh. Celtic felt we were back in the game such was our belief, this was short lived.
James White attempting to get to the ball ahead of a Duncannon forward, brought him down. A penalty was awarded and a red card to follow. Celtic were aggrieved as we felt the ‘last man rule change’ had not been applied. However our protests were to no avail, and Ken King’s first job as stand in keeper was to retrieve the ball from the back of the net. Worse was to follow when another penalty was awarded when Splenda was adjudged to have handled a ball fired at him from close quarters. Duncannon took the chance with no error.
We kept plugging away, recorded numerous corners had a ball cleared off the Duncannon goal line. Heads kept high, tired bodies giving their all. Willie Leslie was tremendous in that last half hour with ten men. This result was not what we expected, however fair play to Duncannon, they were clinical where it mattered.
This is our second defeat, the character of ye all to keep going when the game was ultimately lost was amazing. You are a credit to yourselves and this club.
Luke Redmond, Willie Leslie, Ken King, Iain Banville
Rob O’Toole, Stevie Dempsey, Philly Kehoe, David Kehoe
Luke Lacey, Josh Whitehead
Subs : Emmet Kehoe, Shane Whelan, Dylan Ring
So every marathon begins with one step. In Celtic B’s first season we were unsure of our squad, from numbers available to us to positions that people played. So expectations were a little mixed depending on who you spoke to. Salmon Miller, from the off said we were going to win the league, I thought he was a sandwich short of a picnic (I still do !). I was hoping for a top half finish and a good cup run, but more than that, to build a team that will continue to grow and be the stepping stone for bringing on our youths. Ken King came on board with us and we were really starting to get a solid foundation.
As we assembled our team, it became a little more obvious that this side had real potential. A few shall we say mature players mixed with a few of the lads from last season’s youths. We had a goalie, always a good start, we had centre backs and full backs. Traditionally the hardest positions to fill on any team, because everyone wants to be a midfielder or forward.
A slow start due to other commitments, meant we lost ground, but then as our squad numbers increased and the benefits of training kicked in, we started getting results. We turned draws into wins and have lost only once, and are the only team to beat the league leaders, and have the best defensive record in our league. This is where our discipline and commitment to each other has been prevalent. It started in our first game away to Killenagh, a 0-0 draw, the effort and desire shown to not lose that game was tremendous. We’ve had lads playing out of position, 5 goalies, lads playing injured because they don’t want to let their team mates down, this commitment to the team, to their brothers on the field is part of what has us where we are.
We have used over 25 players throughout the season, it has not been an easy task to give everyone game time, whilst trying to keep some continuity and balance to the team. You the players have responded magnificently when obviously disappointed. I believe our squad can see the benefits of our rotation strategy and tactical changes, even if it means being rested. We are after all 2nd in the league. I have beaten this drum so many times, but honestly leaving lads out is the hardest decision we make. It is not taken lightly and generally we will take hours over picking a squad, let alone a starting 11.
As it stands we have played 13 matches, won 8, drawn 4, lost 1. We have only conceded 13 goals, and currently sit 2nd in the league with 28 points. Not too shabby for a team that has just started. Whilst we should be proud of this achievement, we can’t take anything for granted. Let’s make a point of winning our last 5 league matches, and give the cup a good bash. I firmly believe we can win the Gwyn Jones, with our commitment, attitude and ability.
Salmon, Ken and I believe in you group of men, who have given us all that has been asked of them and more. It’s a privilege to be part of this club, and part of this team. Enjoy the Christmas, and we’ll come back fighting for each other as ever in the new year.
James White, Aaron Stafford, Iain Banville, Dave Cummins, Ken King, William Leslie, Daithi Redmond, Luke Redmond, Paul Walsh, James Murphy, Declan Kiely, Paul Larrissey, Tommy Ring, Dylan Ring, Rob O’Toole, Luke Lacey, Salmon Miller, Mark Hennessy, Steven Dempsey, Shane Whelan, Cha Murphy, Phillip Kehoe, Jacob English, Jack McAuliffe, David Kehoe, Billy Roche, Emmett Kehoe, Josh Whitehead, Kevin Sludds, Ciaran Flanagan.
Celtic B 2 – 1 St Cormacs
Our last game of the year, pitted us against a very good Cormacs side. Strong and determined, a side who like Ballymurn want to play football. In absolutely fabulous conditions, the support had gathered early for this lunchtime kick off, willing and cheering our boys on as ever.
From the off, both teams were looking to keep the ball on the deck and play it around. It’s fantastic to see teams approach matches in this way and are a credit to their clubs. Ballymurn found their rhythm early on and Luke Lacey playing up front was unlucky not to score with a couple of drives that whistled by the post. Our captain William Leslie almost scored a spectacular opener from inside his own half, but the ball just drifted wide of the post with the keeper beaten. Josh Whitehead was as busy as ever and opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a wonderful finish from near on the byline.
A super free from Walsh was met by Philly Kehoe but his fine header was straight at the keeper. Celtic continued to push and were denied adding to their tally by the woodwork on a few occasions, and some dodgy finishing on a few more. Stevie Dempsey and Tommy Ring put in a right shift today, they worked their socks off in the engine room. The half finished and Celtic were a little disappointed not to be more than one up, but we said at halftime, that we were not giving up these 3 points, not on our turf. Dylan Ring was introduced as Philly had shot his bolt.
Paul Walsh was superb showing control and composure on the ball, Iain Banville and Luke Redmond were again magnificent at full back, supporting the play a number of times. A slightly contentious goal levelled for Cormacs, with a fine strike, although Celtic felt a clear foul had happened in the lead up to it, the ref was having none of it. So we now had to show character, grit, determination, belief to get ourselves back in the match. Cormacs had certainly upped their game and were growing as the half wore on, but our boys matched them and more.
Rob O’Toole, was moved up front as we looked to change it up. Dave Cummins came on at full back, and was his usual crazy man. The change allowed Luke Redmond to move into midfield to provide some pace. Rob was replaced by Emmett Kehoe, and once again the changes and subs had their say on a game. A wonderful team goal was started by Dave who moved the ball to Stevie who in turn played it to Tommy. Tommy lifted the ball into Emmett who with a magnificent chest trap and flick set Luke free on the right. His cross eluded the Cormacs defence, but not Josh who turned the keeper and lashed home, the home support went delirious.
There was still 15 to go at this stage and Cormacs to their credit kept attacking, James White punching any danger clear. Dylan was now finding a lot of freedom as Cormacs pushed on and, between himself and Walsh set Luke free only to be denied by a last ditch tackle. We seen the game out and a big roar was heard at full time from Salmon Miller. Brilliant effort men, a pleasure to watch.
Iain Banville,Paul Walsh,Willie Leslie (C) Luke Redmond
Rob O’Toole,Tommy Ring,Stevie Dempsey,Philly Kehoe
Josh Whitehead, Luke Lacey
Subs, Dylan Ring, Emmett Kehoe, Dave Cummins