Newmarket Celtic completed a historic double yesterday evening when they secured the Youths League trophy while also picking up the U19 League trophy.
Played in Roselvan, Newmarket faced Avenue knowing a draw would be substantial in their bid to be crowned Youths Champions. In typical fashion, Celtic didn’t take the easy option, instead they went for the win and they got it.
Two goals from the boot of Cathal Hayes, one of the real talents in the Clare soccer scene along with an effort from Clare minor football panellist Aaron Rudd guaranteed the League title in a 3-2 win.
It adds to the growing list of titles secured by Newmarket Celtic at underage level in recent years. Under the guidance of Brian Arthur, the man dubbed as the Mick McCarthy of Clare Soccer, Celtic has picked up silverware continuously for the past five years. Arthur was joined in his management team by former All-Ireland winning St Flannans captain, Brian Clancy.
Their opponents Avenue United as ever refused to lie down in a gripping contest with Ronan Kerin catching the eye for the Ennis based club. There has been little between the sides in recent encounters with Avenue coming out on top in the April 6th U19 Cup semi-final 1-0 when a bit of experience could have swung the tie in Celtic’s favour.
At the moment it is a golden period for Newmarket; added with their success with this age-group their premier side is aiming to achieve a League and Cup double. Key men for Celtic during the double success included Cathal Hayes, custodian Cathal Finucane, Liam O’Connor and Oscar Traynor panellist Ian Collins. The challenge for the Double Champions is a difficult one as they must attempt to make the breakthrough onto Celtic’s A team by claiming a regular starting position.