CASTLEKNOCK CELTIC…….2 ENNISKERRY YC…………….3
THE bells of Porterstown Church were ringing. Singing. It was Holy Communion Day.
It was also Eurovision Saturday. A group of girls began to sing Abba’s Mamma Mia.
The climate wasn’t quite Dana’s All Kinds of Everything. But it was grey and chilly one minute and sunny the next.
Outside the clubhouse, Tony Jordan had good news. There’s an all-weather surface on the way for the venue. That will be such a blessing for Castleknock’s 50-odd teams.
In charge of the DDSL 15A fixture was Israel Ibeanu, one of the most dedicated referees in Dublin.
There was a good sporting spirit. When a Castleknoock player was injured in the second half, the Enniskerry management were quickly on the scene to offer help.
There was a boxing champ in town – Enniskerry’s Michael Treacy. A fine footballer too.
Enniskerry played into the clubhouse end in the first half. They were two-up within twenty minutes. They were so well on top.
Then, in the blink of an eye, two goals in a minute levelled it up. And made for a fascinating duel.
Ryan Mullins was majestic at the back for the visitors. The Enniskerry defence had to be always on the toes to contain Celtic’s sharp centre-forward, Cillian Hegarty.
Early on, Jake Ebbs headed against the home cross-bar. The opening goal came on 14 minutes. Cillian Mulligan flicked on to Nathan O’Shea. Nathan’s firm drive hit the inside of the right-hand post and went in.
Three minutes later, Ebbs, on the right, struck a low shot to the far corner. And it looked like Enniskerry were well capable of adding to their tally.
Then, on 31 minutes, Lee Canavan sent a delicious 25-yard free-kick to the sack. And a minute later, Hegarty slipped in the equaliser.
Enniskerry were rocked. But they responded well. They had much of the play in the second period. They were up against a superb goalkeeper in Ahmed Albadawi.
Yet eleven minutes from time, Matthew Drummond Bailey sent over a cross from the right which enabled Fionn O’Reilly to head in the winner.
And as far as contests go, the watching jury gave it top marks all-round.
CASTLEKNOCK CELTIC: Ahmed Albadawi; Jatin Ramsey, Jake Rice, Lee Canavan, Ethan O’Reilly, George Zeffi, Matheus Castro, Cillian Hegarty, James Daly, Dylan Coyne, Scott Sorohan, Dauda Danson, Gentian Ramadani. Manager: Gary Hegarty.
ENNISKERRY YC: Daniel Doyle; Matthew Drummond Bailey, Jack Parsons, Ryan Mullins, Kyle Cox Mahony, Jake Ebbs, Ayo Adebisi, Michael Treacy, Christian Bagrin, Nathan O’Shea, Fionn O’Reilly, Dylan Hempenstall, Danny Lee, Cillian Mulligan. Managers: Christopher Cox, Michael Treacy, Gareth Lewins.
REFEREE: Isreal Ibeanu