Munster Junior Cup 2013/14 , Killarney Celtic v Douglas Hall

Munster Junior Cup 2013/14

18th January 2014

Killarney Celtic (Kerry) 5-1 Douglas Hall (MSL)

By Tommy Naughton

Killarney Celtic advance to the last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup last night after a five star display against Munster Senior League side Douglas Hall in Celtic Park Killarney on Saturday night.

Celtic’s was borne out of hard work and after building the foundations in the first half they completely dominated and ran riot in the second.

It only took four minutes for Celtic to take the lead. Gary Keane who had a fantastic game in the centre of the park won the ball just inside the half way line, as he passed to Peter McCarthy he was caught by a late tackle but good refereeing by Stuart Templeman allowed the advantage to be played. McCarthy quickly turned and beat the last defender before slotting the ball passed the keeper for the perfect start .

A very high pace tie ensued and with the ball skidding of the Astro pitch their was always going to be errors as temperatures dropped close to freezing point- and fittingly a slip up lead to the equalising effort.

Mark Maher went to play a through ball to Killian Burns, Roy Kelliher called ‘keepers ball’ as he rushed out to collect it, but centre back David Hayes touched the ball passed his keeper to leave Burns with the simple task of putting the ball into an empty net .

Celtic soon took control of midfield, winning all the second balls and creating chances. Gintarus Paketarus was unlucky not to get on the end of an Anthony O’Leary cross on 20 minutes, as James O Leary had to put behind for a corner to clear the danger.

Celtic did however regain the lead on the 26 minute mark when a Gary Keane free kick was dropped by Eoin Noonan and bounced over the line to gift the hosts an advantage they carried into the break.

The Second half saw Celtic take complete control and they peppered the visiting goal. Paketarus showed great feet in beating three players before shooting wide of the far post from 12 yards. Anthony O Leary was next to go close, but also shot wide of the far post form a close range.

Douglas did enjoy a rare venture into the Celtic penalty box and Kieran Olliffe out jumped Roy Kelliher to head a Paddy White free but Brian Spillane reacted quickest to clear.

Stephen Hayes was then picked out on the hour by a great through ball by Jamie Spillane , but instead of shooting with just the keeper to beat he squared the ball for the onrushing strikers only for James O Leary to clear for a corner. Gary Keane’s corner was whipped in and when Noonan in goals misjudged the flight Peter McCarthy made no mistake heading the ball to the vacant net.

Douglas taught they had pulled a goal back with 13 minutes left when Mark Maher played the ball wide to Paddy White who drilled the ball across the box for Eric O’Connor to score, but the linesman’s flag was raised much to the travelling supports disappointment.

Douglas were annoyed by the decision and even had manager Tom Corcoran sent from the pitch for his disputes.

Robert Watson was only on the pitch a matter of seconds when he put McCarthy through who was taken down by Noonan for a penalty. McCarthy made no mistake to complete his hat trick in the 85th minute. There still was time for McCarthy to get his fourth in injury time after great work from Gary Keane and Gintarus Paketarus.

Celtic will now had an away tie in the last 16 at either Newcastle West Rangers or Skibbereen .

Killarney Celtic: Roy Kelliher, Padraig O’Connor, John McDonagh, David Hayes, Brian Spillane, Jamie Spillane, Gary Keane, Anthony O Leary, Stephen Hayes, Peter McCarthy, Gintarus Paketarus, Robert Watson, Chris Davies, Brendan Falvey, Tony Brosnan, Kevin Breen, Conor Randall, Andy o Sullivan

Douglas Hall : Eoin Noonan, Dave O’Connell, Paddy White, James o Leary, Gary Grace, Cormac Collins, Sean Collins, Mark Maher, Eric O’Connor, Killian Burns, Shane Burke, Kieran Olliffe, Buster Holland, Ryan Meeley, Victor Granige, Gavin O Connor, Brian Atkinson, Rob Fitzpatrick .