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Celtic Cruise Into Shield Semis

Nenagh Celtic hosted Lough Derg on Wednesday night and came away with a well deserved 4-1 win.

Celtic started brightly and should have taken the lead on four minutes when Mark Walsh missed the target following great play from Stephen Flynn. On seven minutes Celtic broke the deadlock when M. Walsh crossed the ball into Jamie Kelly who made no mistake. From the tip off Lough Derg made a horrendous error and Chris Ryan went through and missed the target when really he should have scored. Celtic did double their lead on ten minutes when Danny Ryan and Flynn worked excellently down the left and Ryan’s cross was met by Kelly and his knock back found Michael Hynes who was on hand to tap the ball home. The home side continued to dominate and but for lacklustre finishing and good goalkeeping the game would have been over after twenty minutes. It was three nil on 3lthirty four minutes when Flynn burst through on the break and his fine through ball found C.Ryan who rolled the ball past the helpless keeper. Perhaps the goal of the game came a minute before the break as the impressive Paul Walsh got the ball on the left and ran infield eluding three players and his low right foot drive from twenty yards found the bottom right hand corner to end the game as a contest.

The second half started with substitute Brian Mitchell lighting up the game putting Mark Walsh through twice only to be denied by McCarthy in the goal. On 48mins Lough Derg got what proved to be a consolation when a well worked free by Paul Lawler found Seamus Monaghan who got their ahead of Corcoran in the goal to reduce the arrears. On 67mins Mitchell was once again instrumental and played in Walsh once more but again the target was not found.

The game fizzled out thereafter as Celtic dominated possession to see out a comfortable win.

The Man of the Match on the day was Michael Hynes who controlled the midfield from start to finish, Danny Ryan, Paul Walsh, Stephen Flynn and Brian Mitchell also looked very impressive. Best player for Lough Derg on the day was Dermot McCarthy who pulled off a string of good saves throughout.

Ref Watch: D.Butler 8/10

A solid game which was very comfortable to officiate, seen two off the ball incidents and dealt with them very well, a good up and coming referee for sure.

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