Sunday 11th November 2018
North East Football league Division 4
BMC United v Electro Celtic - 11:15am
This game marks the last for BMC United as their long term manager of 23 years and co-founder of the club Ollie Melia retires from his long career with the senior side, as well as guiding a under-15 side to a league title in the NECSL in 1999/2000 winning 19 out of 20 games, the only defeat coming against Athboy Celtic, writes Justin Burke.
Only two players from that squad back then still remain with him now, Joe Melia and William Reilly. Electro Celtic were due to play at home, but reversed the fixture to mark the special occasion so well done to Electro.
BMC come into the game having won half of their matches so far out of the eight games, scoring eighteen times and conceding on average just one per match. Electro having played two less games, scoring seventeen times but have conceded seventeen goals so a high scoring game might happen here.
Key players for BMC will be Ollie Mulvaney in the nets, a great shot stopper who can dictate from goal. The partnership of Emmet Smith and Barry McGuirk in defence has worked well and add the experience of John Madden to the equation they will be hard to break down.
Killian Murphy and Paddy Kelly link up well in midfield to supply in form striker Darragh Clinton. Electro Celtic key players will be the Thomas Tierney in defence who has done well this season, and midfield partnership pairing of Noel Tuite and Philip Matthews who work non stop. Kieron Farrelly has also done well this season in the striker role.
Both sides met in this division last season, BMC won this fixture last time out 3-2 in a close match and the away game was also close as Electro claimed all three points winning 2-1.
BMC main goal threats will be top scorer Darragh Clinton but he will be linking up with Paddy Kelly in midfield who also knows a thing or two about scoring goals, and spectacular ones at that. Dead ball specialist John Madden may feature in this match, and will be looking to score a goal for his manager as he bows out.
Electro's main goal threat is Kieron Farrelly who last term scored an incredible 32 goals and has hit double figures already in this half season. Kieron Weldon has chipped in with a few goals also for Celtic.
BMC have the same squad of players the last couple of seasons, Electro made a couple of good signings this season with Philip Matthews returning back to the club and bringing with him Harry and Jake Eager from Bailieboro Celtic while Noel Tuite has added to the squad also.
Both clubs come into this match having lost to league leaders Millmount Celtic at a scoreline of 2-1, BMC have also won big against Fordrew Rovers and Lourdes Celtic while Electro Celtic lost out in a cup match recently by a heavy scoreline and want to forget that experience.
Speaking to BMC manager Ollie Melia this week he said he would love to finish out with a win for his club after a long twenty three years at the helm, as its now time to relax as he's hitting the wrong side of sixty.
Electro Celtic manager Tommy Curtis said that BMC have done well this season, and it will be a very tough place to go and get a win but this is a cup final for BMC and they will go all out for the win for Ollie.
Prediction - Its going to be very emotional on the sideline for Ollie and anyone who knows the man, he wears his heart on his sleeve and I would expect a big crowd and a big win for BMC. Electro will give them a game but Ollie Melia will rev his lads up one last occasion and drive them across the line.