Match Report – Athboy V Johnstown 9th May

Athboy Celtic

Brady’s Seat men’s Division 2

Thursday 9th May

Johnstown FC 0

Athboy Celtic 3

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Before this contest got underway in the MDL, a minutes silence was held to remember former Boca Rovers player Sean Lynch. Sean, a brother of NEFL referee Paul Lynch who tragically passed away earlier this week. RIP Sean, our thoughts of all at Athboy Celtic go out to Sean’s family and friends.

The Athboy lads came away from the MDL on Thursday with a comprehensive victory and performance to compliment their good form in the last couple of weeks. Sitting at the summit of Division 2, Johnstown must have fancied another victory but it was not to be for the home side as the lads in yellow and black avenged their opening day defeat with their best performance yet this term.

The game started at a good pace with plenty of possession for our lads, who were moving the ball around well on the slick MDL Fifa rated pitch. Within the first ten minutes alone, Cian Quinn had two good opportunities to open the scoring. The first was followed great work by full-back Darcy on the left to release Quinn just inside the box, and the attackers chipped finish beat the Johnstown keeper Daragh Keegan but went narrowly wide. Soon after, excellent work by Coleman Murray and Jack Kelly led to the latter squaring the ball to Quinn, who didn’t get the connection he wanted on the ball from 8 yards out and Johnstown managed to clear the danger.

At this stage, the home side knew our lads were up for the task and settled into the game a bit more after 15 minutes. The hosts did look threatening on a couple of occasions within the first half hour, but failed to take these half chances. John Murray was playing a holding role in midfield for Athboy and he offered great protection for his defence, along with composure in possession too. Our lads caused endless problems for Johnstown down either flank and the first goal duly arrived on 36 mins via skipper Cian Quinn. Excellent work on the left resulted in Darcy crossing a superb ball into the danger area which was half cleared with a header. Aaron Daly latched onto the ball just outside the penalty area and his effort at goal was saved by Keegan, with Quinn pouncing on the rebound and showing great feet to evade the Johnstown net minder and convert.

The half-time score was one nil to the visitors and it could easily have been a harsher scoreline on the home side had Athboy been more ruthless in front of goal. The second half followed a similar trend to the first and most of our joy in this period was down the right hand side with Cillian Maguire and Luke Byrne linking up very well throughout. Byrne was causing his marker Eoin Kelly plenty of headaches with his pace and trickery throughout and was very unlucky not to double our advantage on two separate occasions early in the second half when clear on goal. Shot stopper Keegan was equal to his first effort and Byrne’s next effort saw him chip the Johnstown number 1 from  20 yards, only for the crossbar/upright to come to the rescue of Johnstown.

The away sides task was made easier on 63 minutes when Johnstown were reduced to 10 men after keeper Keegan received a second yellow for dissent. Our lads certainly used this to their advantage, spreading and passing the ball incisively with pace. Anytime Johnstown did manage to get into the final third, centre-halves Adrian Noone and Kevin Kelly defended superbly to clear any danger. Athboy deservedly doubled their advantage on 69 minutes when substitute Jack Bird bundled over the line during a goalmouth scramble, following an Athboy corner kick.

The game seemed pretty safe at this point and it was clear our lads were really enjoying their football, with the diamond formation in midfield working a treat. The icing on the cake arrived when late substitute Reece Dolan converted well in space on 91 mins, when Quinn found him with a good cross from the left wing.

The result finished 3 nil to Athboy deservedly, and the away side went home with all three points and looking forward to their next match in the Convent on Friday 17th May versus Oldcastle.

Best of luck to Johnstown for the season.

Athboy Celtic:

1.       Paul Sheridan, 2. Cillian Maguire, 3. Glenn Darcy, 4 John Murray, 5. Kevin Kelly, 6. Adrian Noone, 7. Luke Byrne, 8. Jack Kelly, 9. Coleman Murray, 10. Cian Quinn 11. Aaron Daly

Subs used: Jack Bird for Daly (65 mins), Phil Perry for Murray (74 mins), Reece Dolan for Byrne (88 mins),

Johnstown:

1.       Daragh Keegan, 2. Justin Flynn, 3. Eoin Kelly, 4. James Caffrey, 5. Darren McQuillan, 6. Jay Connolly, 7. Harry Shiumagual, 8. Adam O’Connor, 9. Victor Nequim, 10. Andre Sirb, 11. Adam Ivers.