The Youths kicked off the year with a fantastic 4-3 victory over Killarney Celtic in the league in Killarney on Saturday. Stephen O’Loughlin opened the scoring after a fine through ball from Evan Madden after 20 mins. And Killorglin doubled their lead when a fine cross field ball from Eoin Clifford was taken on by Ronan O’Shea who had a lot to do but finished with a fine strike into the far bottom corner. The Celtic keeper made some fine saves from Stephen, Eoin and Tim O’Shea but as the first half drew to a close, a fine individual effort from Celtic saw the score at 2-1 at the break.
Killorglin started the second half the stronger team, and a cracking 30 yard strike from Eoin Clifford put us 3-1 up. But Killorglin couldn’t get a 4th despite lots of chances. And Celtic got themselves back into the game when a defensive lapse let them in for a second. And shortly after, they equalised from a corner.
Dean Callan and Shane O’Sullivan Rouse came on and gave us some energy back, but it looked like the points would be shared, before a through ball from Eoin Clifford was excellently finished by Stephen O’Loughlin with just 3 minutes remaining to give Killorglin the 3 points.