DUBLIN CELTIC………2 OLIVER BOND CELTIC……………4
Three goals from Jimmy McHugh and a solo from Mikey Malone helped Oliver Bond Celtic advance past a battling Dublin Celtic in the Leinster Junior Cup round one at Grangegorman on Friday evening.
The match had been reversed with Dublin Celtic giving up home advantage to facilitate Oliver Bond Celtic who had put the request in so they could honour their recently departed vice-chairman Dave Salmon.
The club’s schoolboys helped form the honour guard as the club said farewell to one of their stalwart officials who as Eddie Keogh said: “He had been there from day one.”
Keogh also paid tribute to Dublin Celtic for their agreement in switching the fixture.
“They have been brilliant to deal with and everyone involved in the club is extremely grateful to them for their generous support of our request.”
Said John Rowe of Dublin Celtic: “There are more important things in life and we were more than happy to facilitate their request.”
The game itself was a classic cup tie on a perfect night for football and in front of a packed Grangegorman the two sides did not disappoint in term of entertainment value.
OBC are the top ranked junior club in the capital and are a serious combination with no weaknesses at this level but Dublin Celtic still managed to give them a good examination on the night and it was excellent fare for the bumper crowd who turned up to watch the action.
McHugh’s opener in the 38th minute and Malone’s strike four minutes later were majestic finishes from distance which beat Celtic goalkeeper Ameen Mubideen all ends up.
That looked to have set OBC on their way but Celtic showed good touches all over the pitch and pulled one back just before the break with Peter Alaby crossing for Mustafa Mubideen to head past Jake Carey from close in.
McHugh’s second just four minutes after the restart was the killer goal as far as Celtic were concerned and although they battled manfully McHugh completed his hat-trick in the 81st minute to rubber stamp OBC’s success.
Mubideen did pull a second goal back in the last minute of the game to put a better gloss on the score but it was also deserved for the efforts his side had put in on the night.
DUBLIN CELTIC FC: Ameen Mudibeen; Bernard Jose, Fatai Abiola Olangun, John Roe, Mohammed Metab, Mohammed Mahdy, Mustafa Mubideen, Jamal Traore, Matthew Progres Adams, Wale Mashaun, Peter Alaby, Nicky Sosso, Yousef Mubideev, Daragh Lougheed, King Sackey, Luke Duff, Mayo Bakale, Jonathan Darcy.
OLIVER BOND CELTIC: Jake Carey, Luke Johnston, Aaron Fagan, Carl Bateman, Scott Thompson, Sean McManus, Stephen Stanford, Michael Malone, Ali King, James McHugh, Troy Carey, Craig English, Dillon Quinn, Adam Bradley, Cillian Hudson, Thomas Hannon, Kyle Guerin.