Emmanuel leads Conga line

by Karl Graham
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ESKER Celtic recorded their fourth win on the trot with a 5-3 victory over Park Celtic in the DDSL Under-14 Sunday division 2 at St Laurence’s College.
The win keeps Esker in second position in the league, three points off Terenure Rovers and six points ahead of Finglas in third in what is temporarily a four team league.
In blustery conditions, the home side managed to take the lead but Esker equalised through Emmanuel Conga.
Conga then got his second and his team’s second before Josh Nevin struck from outside the box to give Esker a two goal advantage.
Park Celtic hit back twice to draw level in a game that was increasingly becoming end to end but Conga was on hand once more to complete his hat trick.
Chances were coming thick and fast for both sides but it was Matthew Coogan who got the next goal for Esker, rounding the keeper and finishing well to ensure his side left Cabinteely with all three points.
Esker manager Ken Kelly spoke to GazetteSport about his delight at the win and his side’s performances this season.
“It was a good win away to a very good Park Celtic team who had come into the game on a high after beating Finglas in their previous match. It was end-to-end and the blustery conditions made it hard but there was some good attacking football.”
It was the third-time Esker has beaten Park Celtic this season after 4-1 and 5-3 victories in a league that is shortened this year, preparing for the switch to summer football in 2017.
The move saw this league split into two groups of four teams to compete in a half season up until the end of the year. The winners of each group are set to play each other in a non-title decider with the two second places playing each other and so on, before the division kicks off properly for a full season next March.
“We are three points behind Terenure and we have to play them again although whether it goes ahead with the short season or not we don’t know,” said Kelly.
When asked how he expects his side to do when the full season starts next year, Kelly was confident of further success.
“We actually got promoted into this league this season after finishing second by a point in our division last season so we are very confident of holding our own to get promoted again. It would be good to get two promotions in a row.”

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