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Allenwood Celtic vs Bush Celtic - U15's April 2013

Playing against a very strong gale in the 1st half, our lads set about erasing the effects of 2 bad performances which knocked them from the top of the league table for the 1st time since November 2012. A very young squad, 9 of whom are eligible for U15s again next season, set about Bush Celtic professionally with the bite back in defence, dominance back in the midfield, and playing fast one touch, passing football which was a pleasure to watch. This was the best football played by the team since their earlier 7-2 demolition of Prosperous United. 

The Bush Celtic lads saw very little of the ball and defended heroically as chances were created at will by our lads in the first half. However, a combination of good defending, shots off the post and the effects of the swirling wind meant that at the break, the teams were level at 0-0. 5 minutes into the 2nd half, Adam Carroll ran onto a ball in midfield and from 25 yards hit a powerful shot that left the Bush keeper helpless in goal. This was the breakthrough they needed and the pressure was now incessant.

The 2nd goal arrived on 56 mins when Adam Carroll was fouled on the edge of the box and from the resulting free, Adam C powered a low right foot shot to the bottom left of the goal.

Goal 3 arrived on 59 mins when a rare Bush Celtic attack was foiled by Cecil Doyle in goal whose quick thinking lead to a long clearance down field for the industrious Evan Moore to run onto and easily slot past the Bush keeper.

On 67 mins, following huge pressure being applied on the Bush Celtic defence, the ball broke kindly to Luke Lawless 25 yards from goal in the centre of the pitch. Luke took a touch, set the ball up and hit a superb volley with the outside of his right foot to the top right hand corner of the net for the "goal of the game". 

With the game now seemingly over, the manager, very cleverly switched to a 3 man defence and allowed Killian Darling to move forward. Immediately, Killian set about putting the opponents to the sword. His physicality and skill enabled him to collect a long through ball from defence and slot the ball neatly past the Bush keeper on 70 mins for goal number 5. On 76 mins the games 6th and Killians 2nd goal of the game arrived and it was all about desire, strength and no little skill. Killian picked up the ball on the right hand side of the pitch and burst into the penalty box. Despite 2 attempts to tackle him he hit a bullet of a shot into the far left of the goal that left the Bush Keeper unable to move. 

Best for Bush Celtic was their goalkeeper who ensured that the score line was kept under double figures. Best for Allenwood Celtic were Scott Smullen in defence, Luke Lawless in midfield, Killian Darling and man of the match Adam Carroll who gave a display worthy of any soccer pitch.

The future is very bright for this team but the squad number is small however the addition of 2 or 3 older boys for next season will give them a great shot at winning the championship. This season is not over however for them as they are in the quarter final of the shield and if they play to their best they have a genuine shot at a trophy. Give it everything for the next few weeks lads and see where it takes you!!!!.