Campile see off Ross Celtic

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -

A foul on Shane Whe­lan fol­lowed soon af­ter on the left side of the field, and from the de­liv­ery, ‘Dax’ Howlin rose high­est in the Celtic box to head home and give the hosts a de­served lead.

Ross kept plug­ging away and again Mikey Grangel found him­self in on goal just be­fore the break, but the an­gle was a lit­tle tight and the ‘keeper did well.

The sec­ond-half saw Ross Celtic start well and some early pres­sure on the Campile de­fence had the home team re­treat­ing a lit­tle as they looked to con­tain the vis­i­tors.

Al­ways dan­ger­ous on the break as Celtic pushed for­ward, Campile could have dou­bled the lead but shots from Shane Whe­lan and Em­met Dun­ning sailed over.

Fif­teen min­utes in came the sec­ond goal as Whe­lan pounced on an un­der-hit back pass to ri­fle home and give Campile a 2-0 ad­van­tage.

Ross Celtic were de­flated now and Campile were buoy­ant as wave af­ter wave of home at­tacks fol­lowed. The best of the game came from Alan Myler who beat three de­fend­ers and, faced with only the ‘keeper, passed to a team-mate who was in an off­side po­si­tion. Some won­der­ful skill was dis­played by Myler.

An­other through ball from Tommy Quinn gave Jim Wall the chance to add a third, but the shot was tame and the ‘keeper eas­ily saved.

And so it fin­ished 2-0 to Campile who will be a tough nut to crack in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Ross Celtic on the other hand will be stronger in the com­ing weeks as they had to play with­out three or four of their main play­ers, and will no doubt im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly on their re­turn.

Group A: Dun­can­non 0, Tagh­mon United 1; Campile United 2, Ross Celtic 0; Co­rach Ram­blers 2, St. Leonards 1.

Group B: Sham­rock Rovers 2, Forth Celtic 0; Kil­more United 2, All Blacks 1; Ross­lare Rangers 1, Fastnet Rovers 1.

Fix­tures (Fri­day, May 18, 7.30 p.m.) - Group A: Ross Celtic v. Dun­can­non; St. Leonards v. Campile United (Satur­day, May 19); Tagh­mon United v. Co­rach Ram­blers (7.30 p.m.); Group B: Sham­rock Rovers v. Ross­lare Rangers; All Blacks v. Forth Celtic; Fastnet Rovers v. Kil­more United.

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