Ten Man Castleisland AFC Suffer First League Defeat

Castleisland AFC 28-1-2018
Castleisland AFC team members taking stock at half time in their game against Killarney Celtic on Sunday.

Denny Premier A Result Killarney Celtic 4 Castleisland AFC 2

Castleisland AFC’s first team travelled to Killarney on Sunday morning to take on last season’s league runners up, Killarney Celtic.

By: Neil O’Sullivan

Castleisland set up with a 4-5-1 formation to contain the in-form Celtic side. In the opening period Castleisland defended well and neither goal keeper had a shot to deal with.

A Quick Corner

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Killarney took a quick corner forcing a two on one situation and Colin McCarthy was judged to have brought down the advancing Celtic player in the box and a penalty was given.

Peter McCarthy made no mistake from the spot, 1-0 Celtic. A few minutes later Barry Lynch did well to clear the ball off the line from a Celtic shot from the edge of the box.

Floated Free Kick

In the 33rd minute Colin McCarthy floated a free kick from the half way line and Aidan O’ Callaghan flicked it on for Tommy Feehan who chipped the ball over the advancing keeper.

Just before half time Pa McGrath was given too much time on the edge of the box and his miss hit shot fell to Celtic’s Danny Roche at the back post and the Tralee man finished well into the bottom corner.

2-1 at Half Time

In first half injury time another floated ball from a Colin McCarthy free kick almost went directly in but hit the keeper and Raymond Huggard couldn’t turn the ball home. 2-1 at half time.

Five minutes into the second half Celtics inability to deal with direct balls cost them as Raymond Huggard’s flick found Feehan who finished well to make it 2-2.

Under Pressure

An off the ball incident in the 53rd minute saw Daniel Downey pick up a straight red card and this put Castleisland under serious pressure for the rest of the game.

On the hour mark Gary Keane hit the cross bar from a shot from just inside the box. An injury to Mike McCarthy saw him leave the game in the 75th minute and a minute later Wayne Sparling gave Celtic the lead with a great curling effort from outside the box.

Great Play by Hickey

With 10 minutes to go Danny Hickey produced some great play down the wing and played a ball into Aidan O’Callaghan but he was unable to turn his shot goalwards.

Deep into injury time the boys were caught on the break and Danny Roche finished the move making it 4-2.

A disappointing result for the boys but they have plenty of positives to take away from the game. They will look to bounce back quickly as they are still in with a great shout of making the league final.


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