Arabian Celts fail to impress in Middle East League openers
The Arabian Celts GAA Club squads will have lot of work to do in the hope of some success at the Annual Bahrain Gaelic Games next month, after enduring a tough opening round of the Middle East League in Dubai last weekend.
The Celts Senior Men were the first team into action at Dubai Sports City last Friday morning and they were slow to find their straps against a hungry Jumeirah Gaels team that had swept all before them in last year’s Intermediate league.
Things didn’t get any easier as the Celts faced Abu Dhabi na Fianna A and reigning Dubai Cup champions Sharjah Gaels in an interestingly-drawn group stages and ultimately, fell to three straight losses.
The Arabian Legends had far less of a turnover through the closed-season and retained the core of the squad that captured glory for the club in the Junior Cup Final on home soil last season but unfortunately, they couldn’t recapture that form and they too failed to muster a victory in the group stages.
There was at least some joy for the ladies teams in their first outing under new head coach, Scott Little, as both the intermediate and junior outfits enjoyed some impressive performances and notable victories at their respective competitions.
It was another dramatic defeat for the intermediate team however – following a string of near-misses last season – as they went down by a single point after extra-time to the Jumeirah Gaels in the Cup semi-final stage, having successfully navigated through a group containing eventual champions Abu Dhabi A, Dubai Celts and Abu Dhabi D.
At the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence meanwhile, the Ladies juniors finished second in a group containing Sharjah Gaels, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain and Dubai Celts, only to learn that the format of their respective tournament saw just the group winners advance to a final.