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Rangers sink Celtic in skill laced opening-day derby clash

Rivervalley Rangers 3

Swords Celtic 0

Opening day of the season also brought Derby day to Swords on Saturday morning as Rivervalley Rangers hosted Swords Celtic in this NDSL under-8 encounter in Rivervalley Park.

And what a topsy curvy game it produced with countless chances at either end wth Rangers only killing the game off late on, and Swords left scratching their heads wondering how they got beaten 3-0.

It was the visitors who started brightly with Alex Fagan causing problems for the Rangers defence which eventually led to Nikita Suprun firing inches wide after 5 minutes. Suddenly then it was the hosts who took charge.

Midway through the first half, Michael Harris' shot got the slightest of deflections which led to the ball nestling past Jack Dolan in the Celtic goal.

It was Dolan who kept his side just one down moments later though when he saved well from Jack Cole and three minutes later Cole was denied again by a fine defensive block.

The tide was to change again after that though with Celtic finishing the half strongest. Daniel Cibotar struck the upright while Cian Warren and Josh Flanagan also saw chances go astray just before the interval.

At the start of the second period, the home side were denied a second by Joshua McCabe's great block but they were soon on the back foot again as Celtic created numerous chances, but just couldn't find the back of the net. Jake Pope was denied by Peter Akor in the Rangers goal, while McCabe and Cian Warren both fired just wide.

Then as the time ebbed away, Rangers made the game safe with two late blows. Jack Dolan in the Swords goal stood up well to deny Adam Linehan but the rebound fell to Sean O'Sullivan who rattled in a long range effort in the top corner.

A minute later it was 3-0. Jonathon Bales rounded Dolan and crossed to Eoin Kinsella who tapped home easily to get Rivervalley's season of to a fine start.

Rivervalley; Peter Akor, Jonathon Bales, Shane O'Connor, Sean O'Sullivan, Michael Harris, Eoin Kinsella, Adam Linehan, Luke Murphy, Jack Cole.

Swords Celtic; Jack Dolan, Jake Pope, Nikita Suprun, Alax Fagan, Ross Hampson, Joshua McCabe, Jack Hannon, Josh Flanagan, Daniel Cibotar, Cian Whelan.

Referee: Mark Connor.