Castleknock Celtic’s DDSL Under-15 Major team were rewarded for a gritty performance when they took on St Joseph’s Boys in Sallynoggin last weekend.
Cormac Downes put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, but within a couple of minutes, the hosts had equalised.
Straight from the tip-off, a good move involving Conor Rice, Conor Donoghue and Gabbi Aginitha resulted in Gabbi’s cross being handled by the defender in the box. The resulting penalty was converted by Evin Lawlor to put Celtic 2-1 ahead.
Joey’s equalised five minutes before the break following a mix-up in the Celtic box following a corner. Celtic stuck at it and went ahead just on the stroke of half-time following a corner by Conor Donoghue that was back-headed into the goal by Gabbi.
The second half started with both teams looking for the next decisive goal. It was Celtic who got it midway through the half when Cormac Downes netted his second following good work by Gabbi Aghinita and Ciaran Daniels. Joey’s threw everything at Celtic for the remainder of the game, but Celtic stood firm and held on for a well deserved 4-2 victory.
Celtic’s DDSL Under-14A1 put five past Verona in Grove Road. Verona competed well, but they had no answer to the fire-power of the Celtic attack.
David Onitiu opened the scoring following his penetrating run along the left flank. Verona had a marvellous chance to equalise but the chance went a-beggin’. Celtic began the second half exerting more pressure and it paid dividends when Jabari Crichlow scored the second.
Celtic kept pressing and after a foul on Jay Harper, Ben Traynor took the free kick which the Verona defender put into his own net under pressure from Sean Collins.
At 3-0, Celtic’s management rang the changes. Diamantino Marcu delivered a trademark cross into the Verona box, which Morgan Kynes headed home.
Central defender Keith O’Hanlon hit a belter from outside the box to give Celtic a resounding 5-0 win which brings their goal tally to 33 in their last seven games, and remain unbeaten since that reverse in late September. This victory consolidates their position at the top of the Under-14A1 division.
Greystones visited Porterstown to take on Castleknock Celtic, leaders in the DDSL Under-13A division. Powerful finishing by the home side was to prove the difference between the sides. Brighton Mabaso, Brian Dalton and Owen Akpiama gave the side a 4-1 advantage at half time and Celtic ran out comfortable 8-1 winners.