Celtic defeat Benfica thanks to Dec’s treble

Priory Celtic’s senior side continued their good run of form as they won 4-3 at Butler Benfica on Sunday.

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Priory Celtic’s senior side continued their good run of form as they won 4-3 at Butler Benfica on Sunday.

After being delayed by the major A46 roadworks en route, the unprepared Priory side were quickly a goal down as a deflected free-kick gave Callum Marks in goal no chance.

However, as in other weeks Priory showed great spirit from within and they bounced back with a quick double from leading scorer Dec Smith putting them ahead on the half-hour mark.

But it wasn’t to last long as a well-worked set piece gave Butler an equaliser just before the break.

Against the run of play Butler took a 3-2 lead on the hour and it looked like sending Priory home pointless.

That was until Killian O’Neill levelled on 70 minutes before Smith completed his hat-trick with a stunning volley which sealed the win for Priory, who remain hot on the heels of the leaders with two games in hand.

Juniors

Priory’s U16s made the tough trip to Belper Town on Saturday and deservedly returned home with three well earned points after edging a five-goal thriller, two goals for Luke Hodgman and a Chad Harrison strike sealing the win.

In mini-soccer friendly games Kyle Kelvey and Tom Ellis won the U8s White’s and Green’s man of the match awards respectively, whilst the U7s’ award was shared by Owen Scattergood and Harrison Frearson.

In a local derby game at Larkfield school both Nuthall FC and Priory’s White squad went into the game with a 100 per cent league record, and in a pulsating game a James Lock strike could not prevent the Whites crashing to their first defeat of the season.

There was much better news though for the U9 Greens who remain hot on the heels of leaders and close neighbours Moorgreen after seeing off Calverton Miners Welfare 4-2, two goals from George Brereton and solo strikes from Josh Etches and Liam Garner sealing the win.

In County Cup action the U11 Whites had a potentially tough home tie with Selston FC from the Mansfield league, but early strikes from Christopher Neilson and Chris Jameson saw them on their way and settled their nerves, before more goals followed from Matthew Hallam (2) and a couple more for Jameson giving him his hat-trick in a 6-0 win.

There were mixed results in the girls section as both the U16 and U12 girls had tough games against opponents that will be challenging them for honours come April.

The U12s entertained Gedling Southbank and though they went 2-0 down, fought back to draw level through Anna Walster and Chloe Stockton only for the visitors to steel the win late in the second-half.

Lincoln City where the visitors for the U16s who also went behind, slightly against the run of play, however two strikes from Lauren Turner and then some resolute defending and a solid performance in goal from Christina Keeler gave Priory the win that opens up a six-point lead at the top of the first division.

There were some fantastic performances from the boys section on Sunday, most noticeably that of the U10s who had a daunting trip to high-flyers Gotham in the County Cup.

Against all the odds the Priory side put in their best performance of the season and returned home with a 4-1 win - James Foster, Jack Hornby, Joshua Mason-Barratt and Thomas Micaleff the scorers.

The U11 Greens can now concentrate on the league after being beaten by East Leake Bantams 5-1, though there were no such problems for the U12s as two goals from Ryan Baguley plus efforts from Joao Agostinho and Luke Marshall saw them through to the next round.

The U14s, who ply their trade in the third division, had the unenviable task of visiting first division Ernehale Colts in their County Cup tie, and although they put in a spirited performance Ernehale progressed through to the next round.

In league action, the U13s took advantage of teams around them having cup games and with a 3-2 away win at St Ann’s moved up to second place in the league table.

l Priory’s ever growing number of young teams continue to flourish and are looking for more players to join their current U7s squads.

The training sessions are every Thursday with friendly games played each Saturday morning.

For more details ring Kev Haynes on 07944 476611.