Nenagh Celtic ended the season on a real high today as they beat Roscrea Town ”B” by five goals to nil in a very windy Ballinree. Goals from Sean Healy, Paul Walsh, Mark Walsh, Jamie Kelly and Matt Tuttlebee were enough to see off a plucky Roscrea side.
In truth it was always going to be an uphill battle for Roscrea and they had a nightmare start as a hopefull ball from Danny Ryan went into the Roscrea area on the third minute, Darren Scully chased it down and somehow managed to toe poke it from under Keith McMahon’s hands and Sean Healy tapped it into an open goal much to the joy of the Celtic support.
Roscrea lookedto get back into the game and were awarded a free kick three minutes later on the edge of the area after a foul on Shane Davis, Denis Moloney stepped up but it went high over Damien Corcoran’s bar. On the ninth minute Roscrea should have equalized when a Moloney corner found the head of Micky Ryan and his effort went over the bar when really he should have scored. Moloney was causing huge problems for Celtic at this point and another cross from the left on the fourteen minute mark seen Joe Callaghan head the ball brilliantly only to see it go over by the narrowest of margins with the keeper beaten.
Celtic had a half chance mid-way through the half when a Danny Ryan free found Jimmy Hynes but his effort went straight at the grateful McMahon. Celtic piled on the pressure and on the half hour mark Adam Healy ghosted through the Roscrea defence and his cross was cut out by Micheal Kiely who missed his own goal by the narrowest of margins. Celtic should have doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Adam Healy put Hynes through with a fantastic through ball and with only the keeper to beat Hynes’ effort hit the inside of the post and out to safety.
Roscrea came out for the second half with all guns blazing and had a chance within the first thirty seconds when Ryan put Callaghan through but his effort lacked any sort of power and it was easy in the end for Corcoran. That would be as good as it would get for Roscrea as Hynes would be guilty of two misses in the next ten minutes, the first a glancing header just wide from a Paul Walsh cross and the second a one on one that he dragged wide after another terrific pass from Adam Healy. Hynes then put Scully through on the hour mark but the wingers effort hit the side netting at McMahon’s near post.
Roscrea had two penalty shouts waved away moments later and from this Celtic quickly went up the other end and a cross into the area was headed against the post by Jamie Kelly, a big chance for Celtic. Celtic would get their second fifteen minutes from time when a superb Mark Walsh throw found the head of his namesake Paul and his bullet header gave McMahon no chance. The game got very fiesty after this and only three minutes later both Micky Ryan and Benny Sheehan were given their marching orders for violent conduct. This opened the game up somewhat and five minutes later Mark Walsh broke the offside trap and his struck the ball into the roof of the Roscrea net to end the game as a contest.
Celtic weren’t finished their though and on the stroke pf injury time Kelly found space on the edge of the area and his shot with the outside of his right boot magnificently curled past McMahon and into the top corner. Just as it seemed to be over Celtic would add a fifth when 46 year old Matt Tuttlebee collected a long ball from Corcoran and Tuttlebee the turned and smashed a low drive into the bottom corner to have the last say on the day.
This was certainy not a scoreline Roscrea deserved, especially wih the performance of Jason Fitzpatrick and Micheal Kiely in defence, experience was key overall and in truth Nenagh had to much quality around the park.
Mark Walsh was awarded the NT&DL Man of The Match award but on reflection of the game i give the award to Jimmy Hynes, a tireless effort throughout and he was very unlucky not to get on the score-sheet. Other performers were of course Mark Walsh and Adam Healy. A trophy laden end to the season for Celtic as they now regroup in an effort to challenge for the league title next season.