Boyle de­feat Gur­teen in U14 ten-goal thriller

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - BY RO­NAN FLANA­GAN


BOYLE Celtic U14s pro­gressed to the se­cond round of the Con­nacht Cup with a 6-4 win in a thor­oughly en­joy­able en­counter at Celtic Park, Boyle on Satur­day morn­ing.

Boyle’s slick at­tack­ing prow­ess was prom­i­nent through­out and de­spite con­ced­ing four goals, they al­ways looked like they would cre­ate chances.

It was a fran­tic open­ing few min­utes with the ac­tion be­ing played from end to end.

Boyle opened the scor­ing in the fifth minute as Niall O’Don­nell’s cor­ner reached the head of striker David Dug­gan, re­sult­ing in the first goal of the match.

Gur­teen equalised only min­utes later as a long, hope­ful clear­ance reached the feet of their num­ber eleven who ex­pertly found the far cor­ner of the net.

The tempo was upped from a Boyle point of view as they searched for a se­cond.

It duly ar­rived after twenty min­utes.

Colin Burke found David Flana­gan, who del­i­cately laid it off to Luke McGrath.

McGrath clev­erly slipped the ball to Dug­gan and the num­ber nine scored his se­cond.

Only mo­ments later, some smart pass­ing led to Eden Kerins thump­ing the ball home to make it 3-1. Gur­teen came back with a swift re­ply with their num­ber eleven scor­ing his se­cond.

This time he cut in from the right flank and scored from a tight an­gle.

Boyle looked threat­en­ing again just be­fore the half time whis­tle as David Flana­gan hit the cross­bar with a drive from the out­side of the box. Half Time: Boyle Celtic 3-2 Gur­teen Celtic.

Seven min­utes into the se­cond half Boyle reg­is­tered their fourth goal of the con­test. Niall O’Don­nell’s splen­did de­liv­ery found Eden Kerins who headed home from the front post.

Kerins got his hat trick five min­utes later as Gavin O’Con­nor fired the ball across the box. A shot on goal by David Dug­gan was saved only to be em­phat­i­cally fin­ished by Kerins.

A se­cond hat trick of the game came at the 52 minute. This time Boyle were caught un­aware as Gur­teen’s num­ber eleven raced through the de­fence and once again found the net mak­ing the score 5-3.

Dug­gan must have thought he had his own tre­ble only to see his ef­fort fired wide. Gur­teen scored a fourth from the re­sult­ing kick out as an am­bi­tious ef­fort trick­led in. A sixth for Boyle ar­rived on 66 min­utes. David Flana­gan’s loop­ing ef­fort from out­side the box found the top cor­ner. In in­jury time, a good ef­fort from Sean Hig­gins skimmed over the cross­bar. That was the last ac­tion of the game as Boyle pre­vailed on a score line of Boyle Celtic 6 Gur­teen Celtic 4.

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