PARK ORIENT…..3 PARK CELTIC…..2
EXCELLENT FARE at Inspire Fitness in Cabra on Sunday morning as hosts Park Orient held off a late rally from a youthful Park Celtic in this O’Neills LFL Premier Division clash.
By EAMON SCOTT
The battle of the two Parks was an interesting encounter with Orient having a more physical approach to Celtic who were more technical in their game plan. With the aid of the slope and whatever wind there was about Brian Kavanagh’s Park Orient raced into a two-nil interval lead and tacked on a third goal by the 51st minute.
That looked as if it would be enough to bag the points on offer but the visitors – many who have been playing on the same team since they were five years of age – showed some excellent character to give themselves a chance of taking something home southside.
First Jack Stewart finished from close in in the 66th minute and three minutes later a sumptuous strike from distance by Michael Nolan flew all the way to the roof of the Park Orient net.
Suddenly it was game on and a few anxious looks at the watch from the home side’s sideline. To have dropped points would have been a travesty given the fine performance Orient had delivered up to the concession of the quick fire Celtic double, but they steadied the ship and rode out the storm to the finish.
For Park, they had left a mountain to climb and the concession of that third goal in the 51st minute – somewhat self-inflicted – was to prove costly in the end. Midfielder Merc, Dominic Blythe and Dylan Redmond were the Park Orient scorers on the day.
Celtic are still getting players back into the mix and once they can add that into the mix they will be a much more formidable opponent and given the calibre of goals they recorded on Sunday, they are more than capable of upsetting teams higher up the division.
Premier: Park Orient 3, Park Celtic 2
U19 Sat: Grove Rangers 3, Drumcondra 6
Kill Celtic 3, Celbridge 3
Rathcoole Boys 3, John Vianney 3
Kildare Town 5, Dunboyne 2.
Lusk United 4, Castleknock Celtic 1