Dundrum’s derby day

by Staff Reporter

The AUL complex will play host to a south Dublin derby decider on May 11 when Leicester Celtic go up against Dundrum Athletic in the DDSL Under-17 Major 3 League Cup final.

Leicester’s Under-17 boys enjoyed semi-final success last Sunday when they overcame their league leaders Drimnagh Celtic in a thrilling 3-2 contest.

Gerry Geraghty’s promotion-chasing side took a break from league action for the cup contest in a competition where they have now scored 17 goals in just three games.

The side went ahead straight away thanks to a volley from Cian Pickett after just one minute. After controlling much of the play after the early strike, Leicester doubled their lead after 20 minutes and it came from a superb individual goal by Fadeeq Jazeen.

The two goal lead lasted until the break but table-toppers Drimnagh came out fighting in the second half.

The lead was halved soon after the restart through a smashing strike from the visitors.

In spite of being under pressure, Leicester got the breakaway goal they sought and required when Ben Rossiter rounded the goalkeeper to stroke home the side’s third.

Drimnagh hit their second with about five minutes left on the clock, but Geraghty’s side had enough steel about them to hang on and secure their final slot.

Speaking afterwards about his side’s win, the manager said: “It was a huge performance from the team. All of the lads put in great work in what was a great semi-final.”

Any manager can be proud when their team reaches a cup final, but the fact that this one will be a local derby adds even more fuel to the fire, according to Geraghty.

“To have a final set-up against Dundrum is even more exciting”, he said. “A lot of our lads would know and go to school with many of the Dundrum players, so that will add a huge amount to it. It’s great for two clubs within touching distance of each other to be in a cup final with each other.”

While Drimnagh look like they will hang on the claim the league trophy, this Leicester side are still chasing promotion and are well in with a shout, with competition coming from Wayside Celtic and Enniskerry.

On the promotion chase, the manager said: “We would be disappointed now if we did not get promotion, Drimnagh are the runaway leaders; they have only lost once this season which made us underdogs for the cup game.

“We have had a very good season since the amalgamation of the old Broadford Rovers team and this team, with many of their lads coming to Leicester this season.”

With time running up on the league to finish, a playoff game between Leicester and Enniskerry may be the likely decider for second place and promotion from Major 3.

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