Classy Celtic into last 16

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Classy Celtic into last 16 thumbnailNEWRY Celtic's Colm Fegan on the attack against Carniny Rangers.

IN the only match involving a local club to survive the winter weather conditions on Saturday afternoon, Newry Celtic booked their spot in the last 16 of the IFA Junior Cup at Jennings Park, thanks to a 75th minute winner from ace striker Stephen 'Stitch' Daly, writes Sean McKevitt.

Newry Celtic ...1
Carniny Rangers ...0

The Hoops, who are the last remaining Carnbane League club in the coveted competition at this stage for the second year running, had goalkeeper Barry McParland to thank for saving a Carniny penalty kick in the second half, minutes before a deflected Daly effort swung the tie in the favour of the Celts.

Celtic dominated exchanges in the opening half and seven minutes before the break substitute Gary Crummy, who was only on the pitch a matter of minutes, after replacing the injured Stephen Wylie, was desperately unlucky not to break the deadlock when he poked the ball past the advancing goalkeeper Christopher Simpson, only for a strong running Carniny defender to clear the ball to safety.

The hosts continued to press, and on the stroke of half time a Colm Fegan pile driver from all of 20 yards forced a terrific reflex save from the Carniny 'keeper. The alert Crummy was first to the loose ball, but he was again unfortunate not to find the net, firing inches over the bar.

Celtic continued in the ascendancy in the second half, and in the 62nd minute Colm Fegan almost broke the deadlock when his rasping drive from twenty five yards shaved the top of the Carniny crossbar.

Minutes later full back Gary Linnie made a surging run down the right wing and crossed the ball to the feet of Stephen Daly, but the Carniny goalkeeper somehow turned Daly's shot round the post.

Against the run of play the visitors were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty midway through the second half. But Celtic goalkeeper Barry McParland produced a magnificent save to deny Robbie Perkins from the spot, diving low to his left to push the ball to safety.

Things got even better for the Celts in the 75th minute when Stephen Daly's shot from just inside the eighteen yard line was deflected into his own net by Carniny defender Bradley Cairns.

Celtic might have extended their lead soon after when the lively Crummy was right through with just the keeper to beat, but he was forced wide by the keeper and the chance was lost.

Carniny threw everything at Celtic in the final ten minutes in an effort to try and rescue the tie, but some heroic defending from the Celtic backline, in particular a 91st minute block by the excellent Kieran McCann which surely prevented a certain goal, ensured that the Celtic goal line was not breached.

The Celts will now face an away tie against Dervock in the next round of the competition, to be played on Saturday, February 3.


NEWRY CELTIC: Barry McParland, Kieran McCann, Caolan Moan, Keith Moan, Gary Linnie, Stephen Wylie, Stephen Lowry, Ronan Byrne, Stephen Daly, Colm Fegan, Lonnie Larkin

Substitutes: Gary Crummy, Paddy Daly, Craig Roebuck, Shane Burns, Kevin McParland.


CARNINY RANGERS: Christopher Simpson, Macauley Cairns, Ryan Balmer, Alan Fullerton, Don McAllister, Bradley Cairns, Jack Dawson, Stephen Greene, Aaron Wilkinson, Robbie Perkins, Neil Weir.

Substitutes: Adam Greene, Jonathan Doak, Josh Simpson, Frazer Young.



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