CRUMLIN UNDER 17S CLAIM BURNLEY SCALP AT PEARSE PARK IN HIGH CLASS AFFAIR
CRUMLIN UNITED……3 BURNLEY FC…..2
CRUMLIN UNITED’s Under 17 scored a deserved 3-2 success over visiting Burnley at Pearse Park on Saturday afternoon in an excellent contest with some excellent prospects on display from both sides.
It was an impressive showing from the DDSL side who hit the front in the opening minutes when Desmond Omoigui rattled the Lancashire club’s net with a polished finish.
Burnley FC are regular participants in the Robbie Keane Invitational tournament which attracts some of the best academy sides in Europe and the clubs have formed a strong friendship and mutual respect which serves both clubs well.
Crumlin were clearly the better side and passed the ball with tremendous accuracy as the visitors struggled to get to grips with the tempo of their opponents and the pace of the Pearse Park all-weather. Their dominance of the blue shirts was evident and a brilliant strike from outside the box from Ryan Kelly zipped to the Claret and Blues’ net to double Crumlin United’s advantage.
Burnley’s goalkeeper came to his side’s rescue on more than one occasion with several top notch saves as Crumlin threatened to put more daylight on the scoreline.
Burley improved in the second period and credit their coaching staff with a change in shape putting a couple of more bodies up top. The players also found belief in their abilities too and were rewarded with Kenneth Imariagbe’s close in finish getting to the ball bravely ahead of the home side’s netminder.
Crumlin were not to be denied and Leo Crabb finished smartly with a close in header off a corner to restore Crumlin’s two goal lead.
Zach Johnson reduced the deficit in the closing minutes from a well placed free kick, truth was Crumlin were worthy victors in a high quality encounter played in splendid sunshine in a game executed in a very sporting manner.