Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Kelly hits out at 'embarrassing' Celts

Donegal Celtic manager Paddy Kelly was fuming after watching his side produce a lacklustre display that saw them lose 2-1 at Limavady United, in the CIS Insurance League Cup.

Prior to kick-off DC knew if they could secure a win, at pointless United, they would move into second spot in Group C, however their performance didn't warrant them anything and they got their due dessert when Barry Curran fired home a stoppage time winner for the Roesiders.

"The result didn't really matter, because we just didn't do enough and the players have to hold their hands up and say they were responsible for the defeat," said Kelly.

"At the end of the day we pick the team, but they have to perform, but their attitude was wrong, the way they went about the game was wrong and their whole demeanour, the way they were behaving was wrong, but that's my job to sort that out and it will be sorted for next week.

"We went in at half-time 1-0 up and some of the players thought that was it and they went through the motions in the second half and didn't turn up, but you don't get away with that in football, especially at this level.

"To be fair to Limavady they are a good football team, who if they keep playing like that they'll be alright and a lot of credit has to go to them."

The DC boss also indicated even though the transfer window closed on Friday, he will not hesitate in making changes.

"I told the players that we were an absolute disgrace to the club and embarrassment to wear the jersey and if the performances continue like that, then I won't work with that bunch of players.

"We have quite a few players to come into the side, we have a big squad this season and have five or six players who weren't at Limavady, but if that bunch of players perform like that then they won't be at the club," concluded Kelly.

As for his opposite number Ollie Mullan, he was delighted to see his side pick up their first win of the season.

"The class showed at the end for us, Ryan McIlmoyle raced 40 yards before shooting and Barry Curran finished it with a wee bit of extra class at the end," said Mullan.

"Whenever Barry came on he looked lively and whenever you have a lively centre-forward, he's always going to cause teams problems.

"Although Barry's small, he's very quick and makes things difficult for defenders, in and around their feet."