Priory win a thriller to keep title hopes alive

Priory Celtic under-13s
Priory Celtic under-13s

Priory Celtic maintained their title challenge by narrowly overcoming fourth-placed AFC Southside.

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Priory Celtic maintained their title challenge by narrowly overcoming fourth-placed AFC Southside.

Missing several key players, Priory came out on the backfoot early on and had keeper Callum Marks to thanks for keeping them level.

However, against the run of play Nick West fired Priory in front with a stunning 25 yard effort.

Southside though were making life difficult for Priory and got a deserved equaliser before the break in one of the hosts’ worst performances of the season.

After stern words at the break Priory came out flying and were soon in front when Declan Smith fired home from the edge of the box.

However, Priory sat back and were soon punished as Southside were awarded a penalty after Rocco committed a foul in the box and it was 2-2.

Southside weren’t done there as they were soon in front after some poor defending by Priory.

This seemed to kick Priory into life as they piled on the pressure and were rewarded as West equalised with ten minutes left.

Priory had numerous chances to go ahead as Mahl came close by hitting the bar.

And Southside’s time wasting came back to haunt them as Priory were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute after Josh Stevenson was pushed in the box.

Killian O’Neill stepped up and fired home to give Priory an unlikely three points.

Juniors

Priory’s U16 girls had the chance to claim the club’s first silverware this season on Sunday as they took on Arnold Town in the County Cup final.

Arnold took a deserved lead midway through a tense and scrappy first-half.

As the second-half progressed Priory became the stronger team, putting Arnold under considerable pressure, but they were to receive a hammer blow when influential player Shanice Stewart fell to the ground in considerable pain holding her knee.

An ambulance had to be called and Shanice was taken to the QMC with a suspected dislocated knee.

This spurred Priory on and they got a deserved equaliser when Ellie-Rae Richardson headed home from a corner.

For the second week running the game went into extra-time, and the Priory girls thought they had won the game when Lauren Turner scored from close range only to see the goal ruled out for offside.

Once again penalties would determine the outcome of the tie and again Christina Keely saved three spot-kicks.

But four Priory girls misplaced their penalties, all clearing the crossbar, and Arnold were victorious.

In Girls league action, the U11s finished their league season with defeat at Derby County, whilst the U12s finally got to play league leaders Stretton Swifts and after a long journey came home with no points.

Both games held at Basford United on Sunday proved to be entertaining encounters.

The U13s (pictured) were losing 1-0 at half-time to second place Bestwood Park Rangers but in a stunning second-half Priory scored four without reply, Dennis Surmaj (2), Steven Taylor and Marcus Dickinson on the scoresheet.

The U17s did their title aspirations no harm at all in a 4-3 win over Calverton Miners Welfare, goals from Jack Nicholson, Jake Parr, Joe Allport and man-of-the-match Gregg Simmons claiming the three points.

The U10s won 1-0 at home to Ravenshead, the U12s made the short journey to Hucknall Sports losing 4-0 and the U14s also lost at Gedling Town.

It was better news for the U11s who beat Arnold Town 3-1, two goals from Joshua Wright and a Corey Nelson strike seeing them on their way.

Strikes from Jake Flowers and Ben Griffiths gave the U9 Whites a half-time lead on Saturday though an inspired Calverton second-half comeback saw them share the points in a 2-2 draw.

Also visiting Calvertonwere the U11 Whites and they claimed all three points by winning 2-0, both goals scored by Matthew Hallam.

Goals from George Brereton and Liam Garner were in vain for the U9 Whites as they lost 4-2 at home to Edwalton Cavaliers.

The U16s’ season can’t end soon enough after they lost 5-1 at Duffield Dynamo.

In mini-soccer friendly action Tommy Reeves won the man-of-the-match award for the U8 Whites, with Rio Turner, Luke Burgon and Mason Ward winning the awards for the U7s.

l Priory are holding a Night at the Dogs tonight (Friday 30th)

Tickets are £3 for adults and free for children under 16.

For more details see the Priory website at www.priorycelticfc.co.uk.