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COLLINSTOWN United moved themselves out of the bottom two in the DDSL/SDFL Under 12D section when they travelled to Rosary Park for a date with Harolds Cross and left with three points in the bag after a narrow 2-1 win.

This was a battling result for the Ian McNeil trained group, and he couldn’t hide his delight at the final whistle when he saw his charges hold on for a valuable three points.

Key to their victory was keeper PJ Fitzpatrick who was in unstoppable form between the sticks, especially in the second half, when he pulled off some breathtaking saves to preserve the United lead.

All three goals came in the opening period and United could count themselves unlucky to fall behind in the 15th minute, when the home side were awarded a penalty.

It came as Logan Marey made his way into the area and was hauled down bay a last ditch tackle, up stepped Ed Darcy to blast the spot kick home.

In fairness though they didn’t let that affect them and within five minutes they were at level terms, as Casey Brady fired home to the top corner after Ronan Oben set up the chance for him.

They then pushed forward for a second as they knew they would be facing the strong wind in the second period and on the stroke of halftime they got their reward.

Brandon Carrberry was the man to deliver the goods when his daisy cutter landed in the back of the net, again Oben did the hard work to set up the chance.

They knew that a storm was coming and they weren’t wrong as the home side threw everything they had in their armour at them.

Up first came a mazy run from Tommy Devlin but somehow Fitzpatrick denied him when he looked odds on to score.

That was followed by a Marey pile driver from the edge of the area that crashed off the bar with Fitzpatrick beaten all hands down.

Fitzpatrick was soon back in action this time as he pushed away a Zane Bouktila effort, and then stopped Lalo Kakishuli from drawing the sides level.

In between United had a great chance to go 3-1 in front but Brendan Ward suffered the same faith as Marey as he also saw his good effort hit the bar, but in the end they just did enough to secure the points thanks in no small measure to Fitzpatrick.

HAROLDS CROSS: Sennan Flannery-Wright, James Doyle, Logan Marey, Ed Darcy, Tommy Devlin, Zain Bouktila, Conor Byrne, Lalo Kakishuli, Faris Madian.

COLLINSTOWN UNITED: PJ Fitzpatrick, Senan Doyle, Luca Byrne, James Jennings, Brendan Ward, Pierce Brennan, Ronan Oben, Dylan Clancy, Dylan Brennan, Casey Brady, Brandon Carrberry.


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