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U11 Premier: Rock Celtic 3 – 1 New Generation 

League Leaders New Generation suffered their first defeat of the season away to an ever improving Rock Celtic side at the weekend. On a beautiful morning in Blackrock the conditions were perfect for football with both sides really up for this game – New Generation looking to extend their lead at the top of the table and with the Seasider’s needing maximum points to stay in the title race. With 5 wins and a draw under their belt since January the Rock have been on a great run. Nevertheless the away side will be disappointed not to have earned at least a point in a very entertaining game with some exciting young players from both teams on display.

New Generation dominated proceedings throughout the first half and went 1-0 up after only 5 minutes. A long ball caught the Rock defenders off guard and while Keeper Jack Donohoe managed to divert the ball away from Jesse Nwabueze bearing down on goal he could do nothing about the follow up shot from Ebuka Kwelele. Minutes later New Generation rattled the Rock cross bar with a great long range effort. The first half saw some good exchanges involving Declan Curtain and Josh Hanna however their only real goal scoring opportunity came when Rock’s Edward Otesanya’s goal bound shot was deflected wide. New Generation continued to pile on the pressure and Rock had to rely on a wonderful save from Donohoe and some good defensive work by Adam Gartlan to stay just the goal behind at the half time interval.

The Rock coaches responded by reshuffling their deck of players with Donal Leavy and Josh Hanna resuming their midfield partnership alongside Declan Curtain and Conall McCaul dropping back to central defence alongside substitute Conor Casey. The impact was immediate with Rock’s midfield trio combining well right from the kick off with some nice football. Not to be outdone New Generation’s Nwabueze then caused mayhem for the Rock defence with a great individual run and was very unfortunate to see his shot hit the post and rebound into the arms of Rock’s second half keeper Nial McQuillan. Moments later a well struck shot from Kwelele also rattled the Rock post. The Rock lads then turned the tables with some great play at times. Their first goal came midway through the second half when Hanna split the New Generation defence with an exquisite pass into the path of Declan Curtain whose first time strike gave the keeper no chance. Shortly afterwards central defender Conall McCaul used his height well to head home a well delivered corner from Curtain to put the Rock 2-1 up. New Generation had a number of chances to draw level with some great runs from Kwelele and Nwabeze in particular and a header just over the bar. Rock’s third goal came through the grit and determination of Donal Leavy winning a 50:50 ball in midfield, he went on a powerful run before passing out wide. A well delivered cross from Curtain into the danger area was met by Otesanya who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the New Generation net. Best for Rock were Leavy, Curtain, Hanna and McCaul.

Rock Celtic Team: Jack Donohoe, Neil McQuillan, Adam Gartlan, Conor Casey, Conall McCaul, Josh Hanna, Donal Leavy, Declan Curtain, Edward Otesanya, Conor McVerry, Patrick Mullen   


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U11 Squad

Coaches: Cormac Gartlan, Fergus Mullen

  1. Jack Donohue
  2. Neil McQuillan
  3. Conor Casey (CC)
  4. Adam Gartlan (AG)
  5. Declan Curtin (DC)
  6. Donal Leavy
  7. Josh Hanna (JH)
  8. Charlie Murtagh (CM)
  9. Alex Kieran (AK)
  10. Patrick Mullen
  11. Cillian Duffy
  12. Mark McConnell
  13. Edward Otesanya


Latest Results

15 Sept DSBL Rock Celtic 2-1 Woodview AG, DC
22 Sept DSBL Quay Celtic 3-1  Rock Celtic JH
29 Sept DSBL Rock Celtic 2-1  Ardee Celtic CC, SM
 6 Oct DSBL Bellurgan Utd  0-2  Rock Celtic MD, PM
13 Oct DSBL Rock Celtic 1-1 Muirheevnamore DC
10 Nov DSBL Glenmuir Utd 3-1 Rock Celtic  
17 Nov DSBL Bay Utd 3-0 Rock Celtic  
1 Dec DSBL New Generation 2-2 Rock Celtic Og, DC
26 Jan DSBL Woodview 1-2 Rock Celtic JH, DC
2 Feb DSBL Rock Celtic 1-1  Quay Celtic Og
16 Feb DSBL Rock Celtic 7-0 Bellurgan Utd JH(2), DC(3), CM(2)
23 Feb DSBL Ardee Celtic 0-4 Rock Celtc CM(2), DC, PM
2 March DSBL Muirhevnamore 1-3 Rock Celtic DC, JH, AK
6 April DSBL Rock Celtic 3-1  New Generation DC, CMC, EO

 F = Friendly. SL = Summer League. DSBL =Dundalk Schoolboys League. Kells = Kells Blackwater Pre-Season Tournament. LMC = Lee Myles Cup


Upcoming Fixtures

13 Apr  DSBL Rock Celtic Glenmuir Utd  10:00AM  TBC