Dunbar Celtic v Passage 15.05.2004
Match details below
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|Jason White, Man of the Match|
Under 17 Division 1A
Dunbar Celtic 0 Passage 0
Passage, league cup winners earlier in the week, failed to secure a double when held scoreless by Dunbar Celtic in their top of the table clash in Division 1A of the AUL U17 leagues.
Chances are that the league will be decided on Friday next when Tramore Athletic, themselves in with a big shout, entertain the harboursiders. The point wasn't of any great benefit to Dunbar who must now wait and hope that the right combination of results will come up and give them a chance in a three-way play-off.
Feature of the game at Murphy’s Farm was a man of the match performance by Dunbar's skipper Jason White. He chased, harassed and delivered quality ball throughout. Passage though had the better chances but failed to take any.
It just wasn't their day in front of goal, illustrated by an unusual incident late in the first half. It looked as if Patrick Coakley’s headed effort was destined for the net but somehow colleague Gavin O’Flaherty got in the way and the ball bounced off him and out of danger.
Centre-forward Simon McGarry had some great chances for Passage, particularly in the third quarter and he should have had scored when put through by Terence O'Sullivan and later when set up by David Hayes. Then Coakley got in but had a good effort saved by the legs of the Dunbar keeper Duffy.
Dunbar too had their chances and both Steve Smith and man of the match White went close. But not as close as Coakley in the 72nd minute. Then, following a header on by McGarry, Coakley went one on one with keeper Duffy. He got the ball past the Dunbar man but it hit the butt of the post and ran wide.
It could have turned out worse for Passage. Dunbar had two late chances. Craig O'Leary let fly from 18 yards and Daniel O'Leary, hero of the Passage league cup win, saved well. Liam Hewitt was next to have a go for Dunbar and his 20-yard drive flashed just wide.
Dunbar Celtic: Gary Duffy, Martin O’Sullivan, John O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Ronan Malone, Jason White, Craig O’Leary, Liam Mehigan, Ross O’Callaghan, Liam Hewitt and Steve Smith. Subs used: Jason O’Donovan for Malone (65).
Passage: Daniel O’Leary, Eoin Fitzgerald, Keith Forde, William Ashman, Terence O’Sullivan, David Hayes, Larry Lee, Gavin O’Flaherty, Simon McGarry, Patrick Coakley and Garry McCarthy.
Referee: Eddie Foley