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U15’s dismantle brave Ballisodare

October 30, 2016 Comments off

Celtic V Joeys

There are few sides that can live with Celtics U15’s on top form and our visitors from Sligo had the misfortune of meeting Celtic on a day that the boy’s were in goal mode. A hat trick from the big man up top Kevin Kenneally, nestled between strikes from Paul Walsh, Ben Feeney, Callum Lavelle and….. the sweetest of all James Cunningham saw the lads home in convincing style to set up a Qtr final tilt at Galway Champions Colga.

A goal from James Cunningham is something of a rarity but true to his word pre match  the Mayo U15 and Celtic right back who came agonisingly close with a terrific shot that struck a post finally got himself on the score sheet with a fierce strike that went in off the underside of the bar. His brother…and close rival….. Mark, came close on two occasions, the diminutive midfielder with such balance and composure with the ball is such a technically outstanding individual and caused Ballisodare real problems through the middle alongside his U14 team mate Eoghan Hughes who both look so comfortable playing a year above their age.

Ballisodare always looked threatening throughout and credit to them never let their heads drop. The Celtic defence had to be at their best to repel the attacking menace of this Sligo outfit. On the day Emmet Murphy at centre back was awarded man of the match for his composed leading of a solid back four comprised of James Cunningham, Donnacha Mc’Hugh, Captain Ciaran Mylett and Emmet himself ahead of keeper James Robinson.

Paul Walsh and Luke Mc’Nicholas showed just what a powerhouse central midfield partnership they have forged in the first half and closing period as Celtic utilised the rolloing of subs, and Callum Lavelle was everywhere on the park as the number ten behind the striker.

It was Kevin Kenneally who opened the scoring early in the opening few minutes and by half time the lead had been extended to five without reply. Ballisodare after the break could have been forgiven for capitulating but just the opposite, determined to have a real good go they threw caution to the wind and pitched four men in attack, giving Celtic a torrid time defending such a threat. On the break the Hoops did stretch their opponents but despite wingers Callum Cairns, Iain Murphy and Ben Feeney at any one time supplying the ammunition, the second period saw two goals only for what ultimately proved a comfortable win, but one that certainly did not reflect the large part Ballisodare played in this entertaining cup tie. Without four key players to call upon the Management team were pleased with the overall display even if to some extent it took a good quarter hour to blow off the cobwebs of inactivity before really setting the pace and pretty much dominating the game.

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Super 16’s are Cup Kings

October 30, 2016 Comments off


The U16’s are in a rich vein of form in cup competition following a thrilling Mayo Cup win over Manulla last weekend. Saturday’s SFAI encounter in the fourth round saw Salthill Devon make the trip up from Drom confident of repeating a 3-1 victory when eliminating Celtic from the SFAI at the same round a year ago on home soil.

Saturday was a different story however and the conviction that runs through the whole squad is one of invincibility, and it was this self assurance that has returned which carried the side through to a deserved away tie V Tuam Celtic and a potential final place slot in the new format of the Connaught regional stage.

A goal in each half from Ben Edeh and Ciaran Lyons was enough to secure a merited victory, but the Hoops did edure some hairy moments from a strong and dangerous Salthill outfit. James Robinson in the Celtic goal pulled off a great save to deny an equaliser in the first half coming out the better in a one on one and then went on to deny Salthill a foothold back into the game in the second half with a stunning save from almost point blank range when a striker struck a low drive that was going nowhere but into the open net before Robinson with lighting reflexes somehow got down to save. Robinson was assured throughout dealing with every high ball thrown into the box cleanly, for which he earned a man of the match nomination.

Although threatening throughout the game it was Celtic rather than Salthill Devon who edged this tight tie in all departments. Conor Mongan proved a real handful up top with his physical presence and quick feet, a strike that came crashing off the bar denied the industrious striker and a further rasping shot from Ciaran Lyons also thumped back off the crossbar midway through the first half. It was Ben Edeh who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, wriggling past the attention of three defenders before slotting home past a despairing keeper for a goal of some class.

Ciaran Lyons doubled the lead midway through the second half with a long range effort that the unfortunate keeper let wriggle beneath his body which effectively put this game to bed.

What this Celtic side do possess is an ability to shut up shop when they need to protect a lead and between Robinson in goal Dillon Tighe,  Eoghan Mc’Hale, Ryan Baynes, James Cunningham and Michael Fahy once Celtic had the 2- 0 advantage the back line were rock solid in frustrating their opponents.

It was another unyielding self assured display and a second clean sheet in as many weeks in cup competition against top class opposition.

Squad on the day :

James Robinson, Dylan Tighe, Eoghan Mc’Hale, Ryan Baynes, Michael Fahy, Ben Feeney, Ben Edeh, Ciaran Lyons, James Basquille, Dylan Felle,Conor Mongan, James Cunningham, Elton Kimpwene, Jamie Mcardle, Iain Murphy and Darragh Moran.


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Celtic Lads Selected For Mayo Squad

October 22, 2016 Comments off

Mayo Youths CreastCongratulations to Gavin Forry,  Luke Flately, Cian Walsh and Oisin Mulroy on being selected for Mayo U11 squad.

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Clubs Weekly Lotto Results

October 18, 2016 Comments off
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Castlebar Celtic lotto result.                              16th Oct 2016 Prize Money €2,100 Numbers, 2-21-25-30 No winner, €20 winners. 1. Pat ludden jnr 2. Arron Dempsey 3. Fr Jim  BUGGY 4.Tony FALLON

Next weeks lotto will be in The Cobweb with jackpot of €2,200

Castlebar Celtic would like to thank Sloyan’s Bar and all our patrons who purchased tickets. Lotto can be played online at www.smartlotto.ie

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U16’s are Cup Heroes in Manulla

October 16, 2016 Comments off
Celtic Crest

Maulla 0  :  2 Celtic

In one of the most nail biting edge of the seat encounters of the season at any age, the under 16’s took on the newly crowned Premier League Champions who were brimming with confidence following their recent run of form in all competitions.

But if anyone thought this talented U16 squad had come here to Manulla to roll over and hand this Mayo cup tie to their fierce rivals on a plate, they had not taken into account the fire and desire that lay in the hearts of these lads even when reduced to ten men, following the  dismissal of Dillon Felle, who on on 20 minutes received his marching orders for what did seem more of a  mistimed attempt to make contact with the ball being contested between two battling opponents. clumsy ? certainly yes….. a red card offense …. unfortunate !

By the time of Dillon’s early exit,  an even an entertaining contest was being played out in good spirits,  but with a passion that personifies the battles between these two sides. Cillian Haeney fired Celtic into the lead midway through the first half when the winger, recently elevated to the Ireland under 15 squad, struck a sweet half volley through a melee of bodies past Cormack Henry in the Manulla goal.

Celtic could not build on this early lead, as down to ten men only five minutes following the opener, Manulla poured forward in anticipation of dismantling the Hoops with two thirds of the match still remaining. It is with enormous credit to the Celtic defense, and team as a whole that should this game have played for another half dozen hours the equaliser still likely would not have materialised, such was the utter determination from Celtic to preserve that slender lead.  With a solid wall of Green n White in front of him, James Robinson in the Celtic goal was not seriously tested in over an hours frenetic action.

Every player in Celtic colours threw themselves desperately into the battle to keep the blues at bay and other than one penalty area scramble that hero Dylan Tighe cleared off the line Manulla were restricted to tame long range efforts that amounted to very little. Celtic personified the “Park the Bus” mentallity, fully aware that any progress in this cup tie rested squarely in preserving their slender lead, and didn’t they do this in style as Celtic gambled on inviting Manulla to try and break down a ten man defensive strategy.

Despite handing almost total domination of the ball to Manulla, sitting back deep and allowing the opposition to swarm forwards, it was Celtic who could easily have ran out winners by at least four clear goals and a clean sheet to boot, as catching an ever more  desperate Manulla on the break, a number of excellent opportunities fell to Conor Mongan, Ben Edeh and Cillian Heaney who all came agonisingly close to extending the lead. In the final minute with nothing left to lose, Cormack Henry in goal joined the attack as a free kick was floated into the box, the ball cleared quickly was picked up by Ryan Baynes and carried virtually the full length of the pitch as Manulla scrambled desperately to get men back behind the ball, Ryan came out on top of a 50 50 challenge deep inside Manulla territory before unselfishly  squaring the ball to Ben Edeh to slot home the winner.

While every player was outstanding on the day, Ben Edeh receives the accolade of Man of the Match for his gut busting never say die 110% efforts, covering every blade of grass and chasing down every cause all afternoon, it was this pride in wearing the Jersey that made the ultimate difference on the day in a stunning two nil cup victory.

Special mention to Cillian and Ezzy who have stepped into the Managerial hot seat and stylishly guided their young charges to a fine winning start.

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Club Lotto Results

October 12, 2016 Comments off
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Castlebar Celtic lotto result.                                                                                                                                                          9th Oct 2016

Prize Money €2,000

Numbers, 2, 16, 20, 26.

No winner,

€20 winners.

  1. Martin Lydon.
  2. Michael Dwyer.
  3. Damian & Greg.
  4. Seamus Canning.


Next weeks lotto will be in Sloyan’s Bar with jackpot of €2,100


Castlebar Celtic would like to thank Paddy Moran’s and all our patrons who

purchased tickets.

Lotto can be played online at www.smartlotto.ie

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U13 March On In SFAI Cup

October 11, 2016 Comments off

boys-u13-oct-2016_142723The young hoops made the long journey to Mount Temple which is just outside Moate Co Westmeath on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the national u 13 cup.
All involved knew that this would be a difficult game more so to the fact that this u13 team had their last competitive game on 12th July but despite this the hoops were fully up for the fight.
They started brightly and pressed the opposition at every given opportunity.While the playing surface left a lot to be desired the young hoops stuck to the game plan and tried to keep the ball down and play.
In the13th minute clever interplay between Gavyn McManamon and Ben McHale forced a corner down the left. McManamon took the kick and swung it in beautifully to the inrushing Jake Daly. Their towering number 5 managed a foot in but the ball fell nicely to right full Sean Morahan who had crept up unnoticed and the alert defender thumped the ball home from all of 20 metres to give the away team a slender lead.
This rocked the opposition and Celtic went for the kill.The ball was worked down the right side between Conor Mulroy and the impressive Aiden Cunningham. Striker Ross Kirrane made the run into the channel and was quickly picked out. The striker then ran from the endline before picking out Mc Manamon who had joined the attack and the blonde winger fired home to leave Celtic 2 up just before the interval.
Villa came out in the second half in a flurry but found the Celtic rearguard of keeper Tom Comerford Morahan McHale Niall McDermott and captain Dara Reilly in commanding form.
The middle of the park was dominated by Cunningham and his partner Dylan Howley whos’e workrate was immense.
10 minutes in McManamon was again striding down the flank. He looked up and delivered a pinpoint cross to Daly who struck first tie. Their keeper made a great save but the ball spilled to Kirrane who had a simple tap in to give him a goal his hard running deserved.
Simon Biggins Robert Callaghan Ethan Minogue Calum Filan and Shane McPhilbin all entered the fray and all showed what talent is available.
In the 50th minute man of the match McManamon yet again with another pinpoint cross found the young Callaghan and with coolness beyond his years neatly finished.
Temple Villa pulled 1 back just before fulltime when they scored from a freekick despite Tom Comerford turning the strike onto the crossbar. Nobody in the Celtic defence reacted and their number 9 poked the ball home.
Overall management were well pleased with the squad performance and know that improvements can still be made.

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