Doonster Destroys As Galvin Captains Celts.
Kerry District Youths League
Balloonagh FC 1 V Killarney Celtic 8
By Brian McCarthy
Celtic Youths continued their 20 month unbeaten run in the League with another fine performance away from home on Saturday last. Having put Shamrock Rovers to the sword the previous week and qualifying for the last 8 of the FAI youths cup the young Celts made a number of changes to give the squad some much needed game time and the unusual suspects didn’t disappoint. The stars of the latest show were John Doona who became the first of the current crop of stars to score four goals in a single game and Aidan Galvin who captained the young Bhoys on the day.
Doona looked lively from the start and went close after linking up with David McCarthy when firing just wide of the target and Ciaran Larrson O Mahony tested the Tralee keeper after a good jinking run. The young Celts kept up the pressure and Ter Moriarty playing in the middle of the park earned a free kick on 22 yards and Larrson curled an absolute beauty to the top right hand corner a just reward for their early dominance. Thomas Templeman and Larrson were combining well down the right as well as Ciaran Lyne and Galvin were in the ascendancy down the left and Lyne on a raid from full back crossed an inviting ball in the 17th minute that Doona met on the half volley and rattled the back of the net to make it 2-0. David McCarthy made it 3-0 on 24 when under 16 star Liam O Sullivan showed his ability and his clever pass sent the on-fire centre forward in the clear and Turkey made no mistake when clipping the ball past the advancing keeper. The Tralee side made a game of it in the 29 th minute when a defensive mix up between Jamie Spillane and Brendan Falvey allowed David Ryan possession and despite Dan O Sullivan saving his first effort the ball fell kindly for the Balloonagh youngster and he punished the lapse from an acute angle. Celtic continued to press and Moriarty, O Sullivan and O Mahony went close but the best effort was saved as Doona flashed a header goal wards but great reflexes kept the score at 3-1 as the half time whistle sounded.
The visitors picked up where they had left off and Doona who was causing the Tralee side all kinds of problems with his movement off the ball secured his brace with an angled drive just inside the post after good work by Moriaty and O Sullivan who was replaced shortly after by Tadgh Ryan making a welcome return from a long lay off with a shoulder injury. Doona picked up the match ball on 58 minutes with the simplest of headers after Chris Brady who had entered the fray made a great run down the right and played an inch perfect pass for the Doonster to make it 5-1. Larrson and Lyno exchanged passes down the left and carved the beleaguered back four open again for Templeman to run into space and a precision pass found Brady who makes no mistakes from inside ten yards. Dreams come true and Doona who was having the game of his life scored his fourth from the penalty spot after Galvin played a clever ball that the keeper was unfortunate to send the mighty red tumbling and Doona dusted himself off and despatched the ball to the side netting with a forceful penalty to make it 7-1. Doona returned the favour teeing up Brady for his second after Spillane and Ryan showed good touch and movement to put the final nail in Ballonagh’s coffin and the young Celts were good value in continuing their 20 game winning streak in the league and winning the game 8-1. The so called second string have given the management team plenty to think about for their next game versus Avenue from Clare in the Lucozade Sport Munster youths semi-final as Celtic youths aim to make history in becoming the first Kerry side to make it to the final of this prestigious provincial competition.
Man-of-the match John Doona
CELTIC TEAM ; Dan O Sullivan, Thomas Templeman,Brendan Falvey(Chris Brady 56),Jamie Spillane,Ciaran Lyne,Aidan Galvin (capt) Ter Moriarty,Liam O Sullivan(Tadgh Ryan54),Ciaran O Mahony,John Doona,David McCarthy
Sub not used Robert Watson
Man Of The Match John Doona