Priory Celtic 1
Clifton Dynamo 0
Priory Celtic’s young senior side beat champions elect Clifton Dyanmo at Selhurst Street.
Priory arguably saved their best performance of the season for this game which saw them dominate the first-half.
Dec Smith had the best of the chances, his superb effort brilliantly saved by the Clifton keeper.
Greg Wedge, Josh Stevenson and Liam Miller all had chances to give Priory the lead but somehow they where were unable to break the deadlock.
Clifton came out strong early in the second-half and had a strong penalty appealed turned down in the early stages.
The visitors had a good chance from the resulting corner as Davies’s header went just over.
Priory soon picked up were they left off and should have taken the lead as Smith’s effort was superbly saved.
Against the run of play the hosts made the breakthrough just after the hour mark, Scott Carlile’s speculative 40-yard free kick somehow beating the Clifton goalkeeper.
Priory then had a great chance to double their lead, Liam Draper’s effort going just over after falling to his weaker left foot.
Clifton knocked on the door for an equaliser but two good saves from Callum Mark’s kept Priory in front.
Priory had another good chance near the end but Clifton had their keeper to thank for keeping the score 1-0.
Priory now need local side FC Eastwood to win 12-0 at home to Clifton to win the league, a very unlikely event, but a runner-up spot for Priory and being knocked out the cup by two teams in the final can be deemed a good season.
With the season’s end coming approaching quickly Priory teams found themselves playing midweek games last week.
The U11 Whites claimed a point on Tuesday after visiting Sherwood (1-1) as did the U13s after their trip on Wednesday to Beeston (3-3).
In a local derby on the Thursday evening Priory’s U14s crashed to a 6-0 defeat away at Kimberley Miners Welfare.
On Saturday there were mixed fortunes for both of Priory’s U9 teams.
The Greens, desperate for some points, travelled to Beeston and though Liam Garner scored for the Greens Beeston eventually won 3-1.
It was the same scoreline for the Whites as they beat Edwalton Cavaliers, Jake Flowers (2) and Zehn Rana scoring.
Darren Syson’s U11 Whites kept their promotion push alive with a 4-1 away win at Wilford Mavericks, two goals from Christopher Jameson plus solo strikes from Christopher Neilson and Robbie Horsley securing the points.
Jake Dawes, Owen Scattergood and Luke Burgon won the man-of-the-match awards for the U7s in their friendly games.
Game of the day in the Notts Youth League saw Priory’s U17s take on West Bridgford in a top of the table tussle.
Despite finding themselves 3-1 down, Priory showed great character to come back to win 4-3, goals from Gregg Simmons, Jake Parr and a brace from Michael Thomas.
An Adam Gregory effort wasn’t enough for the U14s who showed great character in a 2-1 defeat to league leaders 2bm Pumas.
There was a seven-goal thriller at Moorgreen where the U10s lost by the odd goal.
Two goals from Jack Hornby and a James Foster effort gave Priory a half-time lead but their hosts rallied strongly in the second-half.
Priory’s U11 Greens (pictured) were involved in a titanic struggle away at Long Eaton United.
Eleven goals were scored with Priory running out eventual winners 6-5 – a starring performance from Joshua Wright scoring four goals plus one each from the two Coreys, Wrenn and Nelson keeping the Greens in third place and knowing a win next week at East Leake could get a deserved runners-up place.
The only girls team in action this weekend were the U11s who played Cotgrave in a friendly game. Five goals from Chloe Rutherford plus a couple from Hana Ahmed gave the girls a confidence boost before the tournament season.
l Priory’s U13s secretary Rob Evans has challenged himself to swim tenmiles at six outdoor events over the summer.
Rob’s charity is the Education for Children Foundation which helps the children of Guatemala escape from poverty through education.
To sponsor Rob visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobsGREAT-BIG-SWIM-CHALLENGE.
l The date of the U17s League Cup final against Claverton has been confirmed as Thursday, May 3.
The game will be played at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Admission is £3 payable on the gate with children and concessions admitted free.
l Priory’s soccer school for boys and girls in school year one and reception continues on Saturday 28th at Kimberley Leisure Centre with a 10am start.
There is no need to book as players can just turn up on the day.