LSL Division 2
The management team made several changes to the side, with competition for places so fierce it was a chance to freshen up the squad. The league leaders started brightly and playing confident neat football. AJ Ryan broke the deadlock on 20 minutes with a superb header at the back post from Sean Gilbert's delicious cross. The visiting goalkeeper was the busier and he produced some fine saves to deny O' Leary, Billy O' Neill and Keith Hall. The Saints doubled the lead on the half hour mark. Mark Sheridan’s cross-field pass found Sean Gilbert who rifled the ball home into the back of the net. Celtic were left a mountain to climb when John O' Leary scored with a very confident finish from Sheridan's delightful assist.
The Saints dominated the second half attacking the visitors at every opportunity. The dominance turned to more goals, O' Leary made it 4 -0 after some excellent play by Jarod Flynn. O' Leary was causing havoc and he made it 5-0 with a powerful header from Ryan's cross on 68 minutes. Saints goalkeeper James Sheridan had a relatively quiet afternoon, the away side had their first shot of note on 70 minutes. It was the long range effort that was handled well by Sheridan. The team defensively were The back line played nice football, Gavin Smith and James Mc Elvaney worked well together and looked dangerous on the attack.
On 83 minutes Celtic scored when the Saints were caught with a quick break, despite strong appeals for offside Sheridan was beaten with a very good finish. Sean Gilbert made it 6- 1 with a fantastic strike on 86 minutes. The young winger was outstanding all afternoon, although he could have notched a hat trick with a bit of luck.
In injury time, Celtic scored when Sheridan parried a free kick and was beaten when the ball fell kindly for the Celtic striker who made no mistake and slotted the ball home.
It's another great win for the Saints, the team are creating lots of chances and more often than not, they are hitting the back of the net. We are just past the halfway point with ten games remaining. The team face a tough away fixture to Drumfinn, and will travel in plenty of confidence. The Saints have a game in hand, and are now 7 points clear of 2nd place Cherryfield.
Team : J.Sheridan, Gavin Smith, J. McElvaney, D. Bellew, J. Flynn, S. Gilbert, M.Sheridan , K. Hall, , M. O Neill, (T. O Leary) A.J. Ryan, (D, Sweeney) J.O' Leary. (W.Fay)
Subs : T. O Leary, W.Fay. D, Sweeney
Report : James Sheridan.