Ardmore Rovers U14c 4 -2 Leicester Celtic
By Steve Zieba
A midfield tussle which could have gone either way.
Conditions were perfect for the first competitive match of the truncated season for Ardmore Rovers U14c's. Glorious sunshine, a slight breeze and an excellent pitch ensured we had a game which gave us everything...and some.
Early exchanges were tentative, with both sides probing for weaknesses in the others defense. The break through eventually came in the first half for Ardmore, when Owen Tobin danced through the Celtic back line before confidently stroking the ball home. 1-0
The second goal was the result of some great vision from Jack Sheehy when he unselfishly played through to his unmarked team mate Joseph Kelly, who drilled it passed the keeper.
2-0 at half time with both sides having their chances and the respective keepers doing well to prevent further losses.
The second half was a more heated affair, and both sides knew they were in a game. Tough challenges from both teams rained in, but not at the expense of some wonderful passing movements from both sets of players.
Leicester started to turn the screw as the half wore on and deservedly scored to make it 2 - 1. More sustained pressure from Leicester saw them come close a few times, hitting the woodwork twice and forcing Ardmore to defend resolutely.
A break up the field found centre half Robert Zieba unmarked in the box, and a quick one-two with debutant Evan English allowed Robert the time and space to slam the ball low into the bottom corner. 3 - 1 Ardmore.
Leicester continued to push Ardmore back, and scored another fine goal with only a few minutes remaining. Both teams sensed this could go either way, with Leicester having more of the play and they were camped in the Ardmore half of the pitch, pushing numbers forward looking for the equaliser.
As these things happened, this allowed 'keeper Ryan Devlin to launch a quick ball into the opposition half. The ball was chased down by the lone striker in the Leicester half, and with it all to do, he raced into the box with a tail of defenders, before calmly dinking it under the keeper to finally put the game out of reach of Leciester.
An excellent game, enjoyed by one and all