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SWSC force way into title mix

SOUTH WILLIAM STREET CELTIC……. 2 LIBERTIES FC……….. 1

By JOHN MOONEY

SOUTH William Street Celtic clocked up their third victory in a row in the UCFL Premier Division when they welcomed Liberties FC to Ringsend Park last Monday night and narrowly defeated the second placed club in the league 2-1.

The win means that the Celts are now in the mix at the top end of the table and with VEC and Coolock Village, who are above them, both to visit Raytown in the next few weeks and an away trip to last Monday’s opposition on the cards maximum points from those games will blow the title race wide open.

Monday’s affair had an explosive opening when two goals were traded in the opening five minutes of this pulsating tie.

The ever reliable Michael Plunkett set the Libs on their way when he was on hand to fire home the opening goal inside two minutes of play.

The home side knew they had to respond quickly and it was a header from Neil Love that drew them level three minutes later, when he powerfully headed home a Conor Tiernan corner.

Those goals were the key to a first half that swung from end to end and it was amazing how no more goals followed, as Mel Roddy and Kyle O’Riordan both tested Trevor Owens in the visiting goal, while at the other end Plunkett went close and Billy Slattery saw his goal bound effort charged down by a defender.

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It was an even-steven affair and as the second half got under way it was anyone’s guess which way this tie would end.

In all honesty the home side upped the ante and were slightly the better side as the wind began to pick up and they found gaps in the Liberties defence, but Owens was proving to be the stumbling block to any breakthrough.

It was a full-blooded affair with tackles flying in, but none malicious, and the breakthrough, in favour of the home side, finally arrived with five minutes remaining.

Storm Sammers was the scorer as he ran onto a through ball, rounded Owens, and slotted home to knick the winner.

In fairness to Liberties they had their share of chances with Plunkett flashing two shots inches wide when on another night they would have went in.

SOUTH WILLIAM STREET CELTIC: Mick Forde, Billy Kilduff, Sean Murphy, Conor Tiernan, Mark Mulvihill, Daniel Keane, Chris Allen, Kyle O’Riordan, John  Mulhall, Cormac Connor, Niall Collina, Neil Love, Brian Keane, Derek Donoghue, Storm Sommers.

LIBERTIES FC: Trevor Owens, Jordan Knowles, Mark McGrath, Jonathan Crowe, Barry Slattery, Michael Plunkett, Kane Lennox, Leo Freeman, Robert Slattery, Ross Byrne, Dara Byrne, Jamie Dalton, Darren Plunkett.

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