Celtic welcome the gypsies on Sunday

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New kit: Caroline Hennigan, Jordan’s Outside Catering, presenting a set of jerseys to Martin Langdon, chairperson, Ballina Town Youths Football Club. Included in picture are Dave O'Hora, club coach, and Lee Corcoran, a member of the Ballina Town Youths u14A team.

New kit: Caroline Hennigan, Jordan’s Outside Catering, presenting a set of jerseys to Martin Langdon, chairperson, Ballina Town Youths Football Club. Included in picture are Dave O'Hora, club coach, and Lee Corcoran, a member of the Ballina Town Youths u14A team.

Castlebar Celtic will welcome Bohemians to the Celtic Park on Sunday for their second game in the Newstalk A league on Sunday afternoon. Celtic opened up the their league campaign last Sunday with a 1-1 draw away to Sporting Fingal in Dublin. An under strength Celtic side saw manager Declan Kilkelly have to go between the sticks due to an injury crisis. Chris Rowland opened the scoring for Celtic after 20 minutes and went in at the break leading. Sporting Fingal had former Irish international Glenn Crowe in their ranks, and Kilkelly was very happy with the performance of his centre half, pairing against such an established League of Ireland performer. “Declan Flynn and Shane Moran, who it has to be remembered is only 18, did really well for us against Sporting Fingal,” he said. “They are a top side who have come on a lot since they came into the league a number of years ago.” Having to go into goal wasn’t something that Kilkelly wanted to do, and he hopes he doesn’t have to again. “It wasn’t something I really wanted to do, but you have to do these things and I did my best for the lads. I’m still a bit sore after it. I took a bang in the ribs near the end which is still a bit sore at the minute.”

Bohemians’ second team will be another stern test for Celtic on Sunday, with a number of fringe players looking to force their way into the side’s first team, who won the Premier Division title last season and will be embarking on an attempt to qualify for the Champions League over the summer. The Gypsies won their opening round game 1-0 at home to Drogheda United last weekend. The action gets under way in Celtic Park on Sunday at 3pm.

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