A very stiff wind played its part in this encounter both in the first half and especially in the second - as it got stronger.
We set ourselves up in a very positive attacking formation to begin the match with to make best use of the wind. This worked wonderfully as all midfielders (namely Corey, Stephen and Lorcan) all got on to the ball early and fed our attacking unit in the form of Jamie Cooper. Again and again as Sam Hogan launched his well positioned kick-outs we took control and attacked at every opportunity. Jamie Cooper took a well deserved goal to the roof of the net mid way through the first-half (1 - 0).
Our defensive system was very well policed by Adam Deacon and Jake Somers early on, with communication working particularly well, although our positioning was suspect on a few occasions.
As we continued with our attacking format with an extra body, in the form of Lorcan Doyle and on occasion Cormac Kinsella, in midfield - late on in the half. Corey Kelliher took possession of the ball on the left wing from Cormac Kinsella, from where Corey took on two defenders whilst also getting off a great pass to Jamie Cooper; from where Jamie used his speed and agility to take possession and change of direction to beat the Nurney goalkeeper low left - only to hit the post, but alas Eoghan Murphy was very well positioned to finish it off (2 - 0). Half-time
At this stage (second half), the wind indeed conspired against us as we found it hard to break from half-back into midfield. Even our ever dependable (GK) Sam Hogan found it very difficult to find his targets from the beginning of the second half. We had to track back, in numbers, into our full back position on numerous occasions - an unfamiliar task we found ourselves having to deal with.
As a result Nurney were getting settled and confident having several half chances cleared around the goal mouth. It was only a matter of time when they were awarded an opportunity and it came in the form of a free kick. This left a slight opening for a quick free to an unmarked man to finish from very close range (2 - 1).
We had to jig the team around and thus introduced timely substitutes namely Sean Mc Grath and Adam Connolly. They did a great job of closing down players on the ball immediately and clear the ball to one of our attacking midfielders in good field position. Theses two worked very well together as a defending unit.
Some of our defenders began to tire at this stage midway through the second half so another timely sub was introduced, namely Jason Kelly. Again his job was to block any advancing passes and counter-attack at every opportunity to great effect. As Nurney got more possession a few corners were conceded resulting in one lucky break which fell short and again an unmarked player slotted home from very close range (2 - 2).
We never lost concentration and for the remaining 10 minutes we played great possession & passing football with the majority of ball around the middle through, Corey, Lorcan and Jake. Up front we had Eoghan Murphy menacing and of course the ever dependable Jamie Cooper. A number of good chances went a begging with no resultant goal but it was only a matter of time.
To finish the tie off Adam Deacon took control at the back with a great through ball to Stephen in midfield from their he found Corey out on the left wing with his customary run on defenders, Jamie found space and got the required pass from Corey. There was only one thing on Jamie's mind at this stage as he left the defenders in his wake - he struck a fantastically powerful shot from midrange to the bottom right corner (3 - 2).
We dug deep to eventually pull away from the visitors but with a lot of satisfaction to be taken from the substitutes bench (including several missing players), we took the game to the opposition when it really mattered and triumphed together as a team!!
Man-of-the-Match: Adam Deacon.
Best players for Burrin Celtic: Jamie Cooper, Corey Kelliher, Jake Somers, Eoghan Murphy & Lorcan Doyle.