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Clarke heroics not enough

PEARSE RANGERS .....................4

LEICESTER CELTIC........................1

PEARSE RANGERS' good run of form in the DDSL Under 18 Premier Division, continued at Ringsend Park yesterday afternoon when they ran out worthy 4-1 winners over Leicester Celtic.

A cracking game but the scoreline does not really reflect it, as there could well have been a lot more goals in this encounter. The fact that there were not was down to both 'keepers, especially Celtic's Dan Clarke, who were in flying form between the sticks.

Playing with the strong wind at their back the home side set off at a frantic pace as they tried to take advantage of the elements, and within eight minutes created a clear cut chance, but Darren Wards came back off the post.

Ward made sure ten minutes later when he found himself free in the box and slipped the ball beyond the advancing Clarke, to give the home side the lead.

That lead was incredibly wiped out in a matter of moments when Darragh Cauldwell tipped of to restart and Jay McDonald planted the ball into the back of the net from the halfway line.

The score remained that was until 15 minutes into the second period when the home side struck again this time through Robbie Byrne, when he placed the ball into the bottom corner after latching on to a Ward cross.

From that point on the game became even more open and the next goal was always going to be crucial to the outcome of the tie, and it was Pearse who got it five minutes later.

Ward was taken down on the edge of the area and from the resulting free kick, taken by Ryan Brazil, Yusuff Sanussi rose high at the far post and powerfully headed the ball home.

It was a cruel blow on Leicester who were well in the game and matched the home side in every department, except the finishing, while Sanussi netted the fourth in the dying minutes to rub salt into their wounds.

PEARSE RANGERS: Aaron Fitzpatrick, Paul Oglesby, Ryan Brazil, James Mooney, Ed O'Brien, Ross Carr, Darren Byrne, Stephen Wynne, Darren Ward, Yusuff Sanussi, Karl Dolan, Glen Cassidy, Keith Hopkins, Gary McLoughlin, Robbie Byrne, Jonah Kawyla.

LEICESTER CELTIC Dan Clarke, Liam Dunne, Gavin Murphy, James Leddicot, Mika Hanafin, Bill O'Cleirigh, Denis Sheehan, Jay McDonald, Darragh Cauldwell, Mo Kabaday, Brian O'Connor, Aaron Folly, Lorcan Aherne, Sean Kenny.

Referee: D. Clarke