Celtic push City hard but lose to Rovers

Killarney Celtic’s Brendan Falvey and Cork City’s Karl Sheppard with officials ahead of the Killarney Celtic v Cork City challenge game in Killarney.
Pictures: Don MacMonagle

Killarney Celtic 1 Cork City 3

ALTHOUGH they suffered Munster Junior Cup heartbreak on Sunday, losing 0-3 in a penalty shootout against Limerick’s Ballynanty Rovers, having been reduced to 10 men for the closing 15 minutes, a senior friendly encounter with top League of Ireland side Cork City was much more satisfying for Killarney Celtic.

Cork City manager John Caulfield pictured with young members of Killarney Celtic and their mentors before the Killarney Celtic v Cork City challenge

A bumper crowd turned out at Celtic Park for the big occasion and they were treated to a cracking game of football.

City dominated possession in the first half but Celtic defended well to limit the visitors’ chances. City took the lead in the 39th minute, however, when James Tilley found the net after the alert Roy Keliher had saved the initial shot.

Liam Ward increased City’s lead with a strike from outside the box but Celtic fought back and after a free kick from the right was blocked, the second ball in found Gary Keane who headed home to delight of the home crowd.

Celtic tried hard to level matters but it was Cork who struck for a third goal when Liam Ward got his second with a header in the 73rd minute.

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