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Mid-Sutton's Under-12B's moved to within a point of NDSL League title glory last Wednesday evening thanks to a 3-1 victory over Laytown United.

The home moved 12 points clear of their nearest rivals Portmarnock - who can draw level if they win their remaining four games - but a single point from Mid-Sutton's final game will end any hopes the boys from Paddy's Hill have of claiming a play-off for the title.

On Wednesday, the title chasers got off to the perfect start. Just four minutes were on the clock when James Dunne crossed to Eoghan Barrett to head home in the corner past the stranded Matthew Lenehan in the Laytown goal.


It was a fine header from Barrett who impressed through-out the evening and he almost created another chance for himself moments later.

Some silky skills down the left wing saw him glide past two opponents before cutting in goal where the United defence finally ended his goal-scoring chances.

On 11 minutes, with the visitors still firmly on the back foot, James Dunne almost doubled his sides advantage but Lenehan this time saved well in the Laytown goal.

It was then that the away side broke free off their shackles and began to play freely. Just past midway in the opening half Abdu Madame did well to set-up Jack Farrell but his effort was blocked.

A couple of minutes later and it was 1-1. And what a great strike it was.

This time Farrell was the creator as he played in Stephen Sherry, who with his first touch opened up his body and with his second touch struck an unstoppable effort into the far corner from 20 yards giving Cian McDonald in the Mid-Sutton goal no chance.

And it was the visitors who were finishing the opening half stronger and on the stroke of half-time it was the woodwork that came to the rescue for the league leaders. A tremendous effort from Josh Dunbar seemed destined to nestle in the same corner as Sherry's effort but it instead struck the upright and bounced away to safety.

The second half began with the visitors still on top but it was Mid-Sutton who scored next and moved 2-1 ahead.

A superb ball from Ben Lynskey found James Dunne and he slotted home into the far corner to once again reignite the title dreams.

From that moment on it was the home side who were back on top. The duo of Dunne and Barrett were back in tandem in the 41st minute but Matthew Lenehan was again alert to push away Dunne's shot.

Eventually though with 12 minutes remaining Mid-Sutton sealed the win when they moved 3-1 ahead. Alex Molloy broke free down the right wing before whipping in a great cross which was deflected into the back of the net by a Laytown defender.

Mid-Sutton: Cian McDonald, Jack McCay, Cian Hughes, Tom Merriman, Shane Moran, Jamie Connolly, Conor Beggs, Pierre Thomas, Alex Molloy, Ben Lynskey, James Dunne, Eoghan Barrett.

Laytown Utd: Matthew Lenehan, Arnold Lilis, Nicholas Pollock, Philip Lynch, Sean Maher, Pearse O'Donovan, Stephen Sherry, Tommy Knight, Abdu Madame, Jack Farrell, Jack Cumberton, Luke McCann, Josh Dunbar, Jack O'Donoghue.

Referee: John E Maher.