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Hanover Harps v Ballymurphy Celtic
03/09/17 11 am
Premier Division 03/09 11:00
Hanover Harps 4 - 0 Ballymurphy Celtic

Hanover Harps 4

Ballymurphy Celtic 0

Hanover opened their Premier Division campaign with a win over newly promoted Celtic on Sunday morning.

The visitors learnt a few harsh lessons about life in the top division as a clinical Harps punished them for a couple of misplaced passes with a couple of goals in the first half hour. Hanover applied the early pressure and Chris Coleman had already made a good save from Mark Davis before Simon O'Shea scored with a neat finish after been set up by Dylan Walsh who had pounced on a loose pass in midfield ten minutes in. Kevin Foley missed a chance to level the scores five minutes later when he went one v one on Harps keeper Eddie Darcy but the evergreen net minder smothered the shot and the chance was gone. Hanover doubled the lead shortly afterwards, Murt Bambrick picking up another stray pass before setting Alan Shaw through on goal and he made no mistake with a low strike beyond Coleman for 2-0 on the half hour.

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Celtic have their best spell but they couldn't convert possession into goals and soon found themselves 3-0 down, O'Shea on the mark again as he curled a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner on the hour. Mark Davis was causing the Celtic defence all sorts of problems and he crashed an angled effort off the crossbar before he did eventually get on the score sheet with 15 minutes left. There appeared little danger when Davis picked up the ball on the side line but a little bit of magic and a drop of the shoulder left three defenders in his wake as he drove at goal, drifted past another defender and fired home from 18 yards to finish off the scoring.

Best for Hanover were Niall Swan, Sean Kavanagh, Dylan Walsh and Simon O'Shea. Impressing for Celtic in their first top flight appearance were Ger Foley, Kevin Foley and 'keeper Chris Coleman.

Match Photographs

Ballymurphy Celtic 1 - 0 Chanel SSC 24/9

Ballymurphy Celtic win against Chanel SSC.
Ballymurphy Celtic marginally won 1-0 against their visitors, Chanel SSC at Ballymurphy at 2 pm

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

Ballymurphy Celtic v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 17/09 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 2 - 1 Killeshin FC

Ballymurphy Celtic 2

Killeshin 1

Back to back home wins for Celtic see them flying high in their first top flight season while Killeshin will be disappointed to lose their opening league game after making huge progress last year.

Ballymurphy were into their stride early and hit the front on 17 minutes, Jack Foley saw his effort saved but Thomas Doyle was on hand to slot home the loose ball for the lead. Luke Roche was denied by an excellent save as Celtic went in search of a second but gradually Killeshin began to get a foothold. Ian Brennan on Killeshin’s right was getting plenty of ball but his quality deliveries weren’t matched with quality finishing and it remained 1-0 at the interval.

The second half saw the visitors level within five minutes, Shane Coakley finding the net from a free kick. This signalled a period of dominance for the visitors but they failed to convert chances into goals and with ten minutes left Celtic made them pay. A brilliant move started by Mike O’Grady set Jack Foley away, his pass found Luke Roche on the edge of box who delightfully nutmegged the last defender and rifled a shot to the top corner for the lead. Killeshin again responded and had an effort chalked off for a tight offside before time ran out on the visitors and Celtic held on for the win.

Best for Ballymurphy were Paul Foley, Anto Jordan and Mark Maloney. Killeshin’s best were Brian Mullen, Liam Dunne and Ian Brennan

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.

Club Summary
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Ballymurphy Celtic Fixtures / Results (All Competitions This Season)
Sunday 24 September 2017
Ballymurphy Celtic10Chanel SSCBallymurphy14:00Mick Monaghan
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