St Brendan’s Park FC Under 12Bs 3-2 Listowel Celtic Under 12Bs
St Brendan’s Park FC Under 12 Bs took the field against a strong, determined Listowel Celtic side, who started impressively and bossed the first 15 minutes of the game in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Our defence held firm, with man-of-the-match Rory showing excellent control and touch, backed up by Sean Solomon, Killian and Zach to neutralise Celtic’s rampaging raids. When Celtic did break through, Sean Heaslip was immense in goal.
But we grew into the game, helped by a speedy midfield of Odhran, William and Trey while captain for the day, Eldion, was everywhere in his defensive midfield role, marshalling the defence while inspiring the attack.
With 10 minutes to the half time break, Odhran converted a through ball from Eldion to put us 1-0 up at the break. Coach Paul was full of encouragement at half time, but early in the second half Celtic slipped Park’s offside trap and equalised with a neat finish from their centre forward.
We poured forward in search of a goal and five minutes later it came, Odhran neatly finishing for his second of the game after great movement from attackers Marc and Adam. The game was now incredibly open, with attacks flowing from end to end and the enthusiastic crowd roaring on their charges. Celtic pushed for an equaliser and camped out for long periods in our half, rattling the crossbar with a thunderbolt of a shot, but from a long though ball from Zach on our next attack, Trey found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat and did so with some style to make it 3-1.
Celtic got a goal back in the dying embers of the game and pushed hard for a leveller in the final few seconds, but it was not to be and we held on for the win in a cracking game.