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Super Swords boost their squad with 'Butsy' signing

Published 02/10/2012 | 17:00

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Portmarnock's Jamie Heary and goalkeeper Ryan Finnegan attempt to clear the danger during Saturday's NDSL Under-11B game at Balheary.

SWORDS Celtic made it six wins from six as Dublin footballer Darren 'Butsy' Daly made an impressive debut for his new club on Sunday at College Park.

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Daly was one of two new players brought in by Larry Clare prior to the transfer deadline, with Keith Reilly, formerly of Whitehall Rangers, coming straight into the team on the wing. The win marks Celtic's best start to the season in the club's history and one has to look back to October 4th of last year for their last defeat when they lost to Tullamore. The Balheary men actually fell behind to an early penalty before Bernie Smith equalised from a free kick mid-way through the half and Barry Caulfield curled a terrific free into the top corner on 40 minutes to make it 2-1. Swords extended their lead on the 60-minute mark when, under pressure from Mark Gibson, a Dublin University defender bundled the ball past his own keeper. Daly, who had come on at the interval for Shane Byrne, was performing very impressively, but the final goal was scored by Robbie Farrell who latched onto a through-ball to convert past the goalkeeper with 10 minutes remaining. It was Farrell's 11th goal of the season and it maintained his record of scoring in every game of the season so far. Clare was fulsome of his praise for Farrell afterwards, saying: 'Robbie is very professional in his approach and is very strong mentally and his preparation is second to none. 'He is always first to training and last to leave, so I couldn't have asked for more from him.'

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