Promotion joy for Celtic

by Gazette Reporter
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Castleknock Celtic’s DDSL Under-14As secured promotion to the Major Division with a 3-1 victory over Drogheda Boys in Porterstown last weekend.
Cormac Downes set Celtic on their way when he put his team 1-0 ahead. The pick of the goals came from Gabi Aghinita, and Evin Lawlor completed the scoring from the penalty spot after David Tuamana had been taken down in the box.
This promotion follows their success last season, when they were promoted from the A1 Division and won the Gerry Murphy Cup.
Meanwhile, this year’s Under-13s have qualified for the Gerry Murphy Cup and will attempt to retain the title on May 11 in the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh. They have been boosted by a fabulous run of results, which has seen them win their last 11 games in all competitions.
Pick of the performances last weekend came from Celtic’s NDSL U-15Ds who were injury-ravaged and had to take to the field with 10 players against their hosts, Swords Celtic.
In a tight game, the first crucial goal came after 25 minutes from an inch perfect corner from Peter Germaine that was met powerfully by Omar Emara whose bullet header hit the back of the net. Narcis Cartre ensured victory when he beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper into the net to seal a 2-0 win.
Castleknock Celtic’s Under-11D hosted Cabinteely Boys in Porterstown in a game that did not disappoint, as the play ebbed and flowed throughout.
It was Cabinteely who scored first when Sean Cummiskey put them 1-0 ahead. Celtic composed themselves and drew level with a strike from Kelvin Okiwe, one of Celtic’s four goals from open play.
The home side then hit the front for the first time when Saif Ijaz was on the mark to give them a 2-1 advantage at half time.
The second half saw Celtic who scored next through Jack Murphy. He seized on his opportunity from 10 yards out to put the ball into the far corner of the net, but Cabinteely hit back with a Luke Higgins’ strike to reduce the arrears to a single goal.
The next opportunity fell to Luke Murphy, who rifled in from the right hand side of the box to give the visitors’ keeper no chance.
Cabinteely’s final goal came again from Luke Higgins, whose brace gave his side real hope in the final minutes, but Celtic held, defending bravely and showiung some fine goalkeeping by Dennis Ilumah.

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