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St Fiacc's FC 3 - 0 Celtic Stars 24/9

St Fiacc's FC take spoils against Celtic Stars.
St Fiacc's FC won 3-0 against their visitors, 9th placed Celtic Stars at Presentation College Carlow at 11 am

St Fiacc's FC
Form: W L

Celtic Stars has yet to win in this competition, having lost all 3 games.
Form: L L L

Burrin Celtic v Celtic Stars
o35 Div 2 16/09 18:00
Burrin Celtic 0 - 6 Celtic Stars

Burrin Celtic 0

Celtic Stars 6

Celtic Stars are the Senior Division Two champions after a big victory against a depleted Burrin Celtic side in The Valley.

The home side only had eight players on the field during kick-off and Celtic Stars opened them up a few times early on. Senan Finucan crossed the ball to Gareth Cullen but he headed wide. On seven minutes, Stars were in again as Dale Austin played the ball through to PJ O’Keeffe but he couldn’t steer his shot on target.

Burrin eventually conceded after 21 minutes when Finucan found O’Keeffe with a pass and he made no mistake this time around. It was 2-0 to the Stars after 27 minutes when O’Keefe was on hand to poke in the ball after a goalmouth scramble. O’Keefe turned provider for the third goal as he crossed it in to Martin Byrne who shot it in with five minutes to go to make the score 3-0 at the break.

Stars got their fourth goal seven minutes after the restart when Finucan got to the end line and cut it back to Byrne as he headed in his second goal of the game. O’Keeffe and Francis Byrne combined before Byrne slotted home with ten minutes to go. Stars got their final goal of the game with five minutes to go when O’Keefe’s corner went to Mark Collins and he drove it in from the edge of the box.

Best players for the winners were Martin Byrne, PJ O’Keeffe and Eoin Devlin while all the players played well for Burrin Celtic.

Killeshin FC v Celtic Stars
o35 Div 2 09/09 18:00
Killeshin FC 0 - 4 Celtic Stars

Killeshin FC 0

Celtic Stars 4

Killeshin were up against Stars, who are in the race for the title and they were always going to have a hill to climb, as Stars were quickly into their stride, as they hit the woodwork three times in the first ten minutes, through Dale Austin and Tony Darcy twice, as their luck was out, in those early stages. However, after 13 minutes Senan Finucan threaded a pass through to William Dixon and he slotted home for 0-1, which was fully deserved.

Killeshin did stay with Stars for good periods of time and they had several chances fall to Murty Williamson and Fergus Nolan, but they were all spurned, as Stars defended stoutly.

Shortly before half-time, Stars -Slawek Jakobczak won the ball 25 yards out and beat three opponents, before drilling a fine shot, into the bottom corner and Stars took this 0-2 lead into the interval.

Killeshin started the second-half the better, however, inside four minutes Piotr Zaborniak crossed in a great ball to Gareth Cullen who headed home for a 0-3 cushion and Stars were cruising. The final quarter was all Killeshin as they strove to get something from the game, with Eddie Gaffney and Glenn Ryan working hard through the middle, but the Stars defence held firm. Stars went on to add another, when seven minutes from time, William Dixon played in Senan Finucan, who was taken down in the box and William Dixon scored from the spot to make the final score 0-4, as they maintain their title challenge.

Best for Killeshin were Barry Costello, Mick Lowry and Eddie Hand, whilst standing out for the Stars were Slawek Jakobczak, Martin Byrne and Dale Austin.

Ballymurphy Celtic v Celtic Stars
Premier Division 10/09 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 2 - 1 Celtic Stars

Ballymurphy Celtic 2

Celtic Stars 1

A brace from Kevin Foley saw Ballymurphy claimed their first Premier Division points with this win over Stars.

The hosts began well and created early chances for Ger O'Brien and Jack Foley but both shot wide when well placed. On 17 minutes, the pressure finally told with a well worked move which began in midfield with Ger Foley and finished with Kevin Foley slotting past the Stars net minder for 1-0. With the visitors struggling to get into the game it was soon 2-0, Michael O'Grady and Thomas Doyle combined to set up Foley for his second and Stars were in real trouble. On the stroke of half time O'Brien missed a glorious chance for a third but could only direct his header onto the top of the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

The second half saw a much-improved Celtic Stars pile on the early pressure which eventually yielded a goal for Brian Hancock on the hour. This set back spurred Ballymurphy back into action, creating openings for Josh Lynam and Shem Dwyer. Foley also missed a chance to complete his hat trick. All those missed chances meant the hosts had to endure a nervy finale as Stars pressed hard for a share of the spoils but some solid defending ensured a first three-point haul for Ballymurphy and reward for the efforts of Thomas Doyle, Ger Foley and Kevin Foley.

Best for Stars were Jonathan Dunne, Peter Ryan and Josh Byrne.

Celtic Stars v New Oak Boys
Premier Division 17/09 11:00
Celtic Stars 2 - 4 New Oak Boys

Celtic Stars 2

New Oak Boys 4

A hat trick from Peter Fagan saw New Oak make it two wins from two games in the league.

The visitors were on the front foot early on and Daryl Coleman went close after five minutes. The opening goal arrived ten minutes later, Brian Quigley and Danny Perraria combined to set up Fagan for his first. Will Hayes and Fagan both missed chances to increase the lead before Stars levelled matters five minutes before the break. Dean Grandy converting an excellent free kick to make it 1-1.

Hayes restored the New Oak lead within two minutes of the restart, cutting in off the wing and firing low into the corner. Perraria set up Fagan for his second and New Oak’s third with 20 minutes left. Shortly afterwards the destination of the points was sealed when Murphy teed up Fagan for his hat trick. Stars wouldn’t give up the chase though and Brendan Behan struck an effort off the post before Jason Cush set Behan up to net late on but it was too little too late for the hosts.

Best for New Oak were Brian Quigley, Padraig Murphy and Danny Perraria. Impressing for Stars were Brendan Behan, Ronan Brennan and Peter Ryan

Vale Wanderers v Celtic Stars
o35 Div 2 02/09 18:00
Vale Wanderers 1 - 0 Celtic Stars

Vale Wanderers 1

Celtic Stars 0

The game opened quietly, with both teams happy to knock the ball around and try and retain possession – Stars had some chances through William Dixon, PJ O’Keeffe and Dale Austin, but they were all spurned.

Vale started to gain the upper hand, with Trevor Nolan prominent in mid-field and it was Nolan who drove forward from mid-field and played in Pa Dowling who crossed to Mick Nevin, who could have scored himself, but unselfishly, he found Richard Kearney who nodded Vale in front, 1-0 and that was the interval score.

In the second half Vale were content to sit back and let Stars press and again they had chances from William Dixon and Martin Byrne, but the nearest they came to scoring was when a Senan Finucan shot hit the crossbar and was cleared. Doughty defending by Vale’s Keith Doyle and Michael Fenelon kept Stars at bay and the game was settled by that first-half solitary goal, in what was a very close match.

It was a fine team performance by a rapidly improving Vale and standing out for Stars were PJ O’Keeffe and Martin Byrne.

Celtic Stars v Castle Villa
o35 carlow cup 26/08 18:00
Celtic Stars 1 - 3 Castle Villa

Celtic Stars 1

Castle Villa 3

Villa started well and went in front after only one minute, through Barry Mackey, after a great solo run and on three minutes he scored his second, after more good work by him.

Villa continued to dominate and were unlucky not to score again on 19 minutes when Tommy Kinsella smacked a shot against the cross bar, but on 21 minutes Barry Mackey turned provider, as his free-kick was met by Danny Murnane, who lobbed the Stars keeper for 0-3. Stars had some chances notably from Martin Byrne, Shane Austin and Dale Austin but they were all saved by the Villa keeper who was in fine form. The interval came with that 0-3 score-line.

Stars started better in the second-half and on 60 minutes a Senan Finucan shot was handled on the line and the resultant penalty was smashed home by Martin Byrne for 1-3. Villa were happy to play on the counter as they held on to their two-goal cushion and with Stars unable to break down Villa’s strong defence, it finished 1-3 to Villa who progress to the next round.

Celtic Stars v Wolfhill Athletic
Carlow Shield 27/08 11:00
Celtic Stars 2 - 0 Wolfhill Athletic

Celtic Stars 2

Wolfhill Athletic 0

A very youthful Wolfhill started the new season hoping to repeat the heroics of last season where they were narrowly defeated in the Shield semi-final. Wolfhill were competitive throughout but had 17-year-old Adam Nichol-Laugh to thank on many occasions with an excellent display of goal keeping. Celtic took the lead on 20 minutes when they scored with a powerful shot from outside the area. Wolfhill almost equalized immediately when Billy Campion got clean through only to see his deft lob expertly saved by the onrushing keeper. Wolfhill were defending solidly but went two down after 30 minutes.

Wolfhill almost got back into the game on 50 minutes but Billy Campion couldn't score when well placed.

Wolfhill began to tire in the last quarter and Stars comfortably went through to round two.

Best for a hard working Wolfhill team were Adam Nichol Waugh in goals, Jim Leech and Mark George.

Celtic Stars v St Joseph's FC
o35 Div 2 19/08 18:00
Celtic Stars 0 - 0 St Joseph's FC

Celtic Stars 0

St Joseph’s FC 0

This was a day when Stars never got going, missing chance after chance in both halves, with Tony Darcy, Martin Byrne twice and Dale Austin all going close, but they were not ‘on the top’ of their game.

Joey’s put in an outstanding defensive performance to nullify the Stars attackers and they thoroughly deserved their point from this fine display.

Best for Stars were Eddie Byrne, Martin Byrne and Richie Sinnott, whilst everybody contributed to Joey’s display.

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Celtic Stars Fixtures / Results (All Competitions This Season)
Sunday 24 September 2017
Nationalist Premier Division
St Fiacc's FC30Celtic StarsPresentation College Carlow 11:00Seamus Ivers
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