Sheppy still firing them in

by Karl Graham

BOOTH Road Celtic maintained their perfect start to the season as they easily dispatched of Phoenix FC 4-0 to make it five wins from five in the LSL Major 1B Saturday division.
Former LSL Sunday Senior forward Phillip Sheppard was the star of the show as he brought his own tally to six goals in four games at Martin Savage Park.
‘Sheppy’ opened the scoring with a fine goal from 18 yards out after some impressive approach play by Mikey Collins, resulting in the 31-year-old finishing in style with the outside of his boot.
He doubled Celtic’s lead after pouncing on a defensive error before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home.
It was 3-0 after James Kelly played a brilliant ball over the top of the Phoenix defence and into the path of Shane Merrigan who made no mistake with his finish.
The rout was complete when Luke Darcy decided to take the ball on a mazy run that could only be stopped illegally, and Jason McKenna was on hand to fire home.
It has been an impressive start to the season for the newly promoted side that have already scored 21 goals to leave them five points clear at the top of the table.
Manager Ian Maher spoke to GazetteSport about his side’s start so far and aspirations for the season.
“We’ve brought in some very good players and the lads have kicked on from last season. They’ve had promotion after promotion and brought that kind of form into this season.
“There is a core group there from last season as well that we wanted to keep a hold of we wanted to keep because there was a vibe within the club. Bringing in the right lads on top of that has pushed us on again.”
Something that Celtic has changed from previous seasons is the new emphasis on keeping the ball on the ground.
“This season, we wanted to get the ball down and play, keeping our fitness levels through playing football rather than spending Tuesdays and Thursdays just running through cones. As we are progressing through the leagues, they become tougher and teams are able to keep the ball better.
“Our main goal at the start of the season was to get promoted and just keep progressing through the leagues, as we have been doing.”
When asked if keeping the players grounded as they keep winning was an issue, Maher pointed to the experience in the squad.
“The lads we have been in and around the top divisions of intermediate football so they generally know the league we are in and how to get out of it.”

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