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Monday 18 December 2017

LATE Quinn spot-kick denies celts

Ramble Inn Celtic.......................................1

Wyteleaf United........................................1

We won't be offering any apologies for covering this game. The Major Sunday is the standard bearer for the league and yesterday's game had a crucial bearing on where the title will be headed come the season's end.

Ramble took the field in red and black stripes, Wyteleaf's stripes were black and blue putting us in mind of a famous Italian derby. Well there'll never be comparisons made between 17 St Anne's and The San Siro but this particular derby did possess some of the attributes we associate with the Milan genre.

It had bite, it was tight and it was played at a frantic pace, it was also local. Alas, as so many of the Italian games do, it also ended in stalemate. Keith Behan came closest in the early minutes when he muscled his way into a shooting position but found the side netting.

Ten minutes later Behan was denied by Cathal Donohue and shortly afterwards the 'keeper was at his most alert to come and smother Paul Walsh's effort in a one-on-one.

At the other end Mark Ludlow almost fooled Craig Reilly with a chip but the 'keeper recovered in time and the sides went in level at zero.

Ludlow almost conjured up a goal from nothing when he collected a throw-in from Keith Lawless on 58, he then spun inside and unleashed a rocket from 25 yards that just cleared the crossbar. It looked like the points were staying home with 15 remaining, however. Ciaran Flynn controlled a long clearance and slipped a ball past Wytleaf's centre-backs.

It didn't look like Ludlow would get there until Masterson slid in and only succeeded in bettering Ludlow's chances. He skipped past a tackle and clipped it past Reilly and into the corner.

'Leaf attacked but Ramble stood firm until the second minute of injury-time. That was when Berry crossed from the left and Robert Behan stuck out a hand. Penalty. All square. Paul Quinn the converter.

Ramble Inn Celtic: Cathal Donohue, Keith Lawless, Stephen Coakley, David O'Reilly, Patrick Warren, Robert Behan, Stephen Heary, Paul Moore, Mark Ludlow, Ciaran Flynn, Warren Moore. Subs: Dwayne Roche, Brian Moore, Eamonn Gallagher, Lee Hughes, Gary Kelly.

Wyteleaf United: Craig Reilly, Keith Fitzpatrick, Collie Sheridan, Paul Lawlor, Lee Masterson, Paul Quinn, Keith Foley, Collie Masterson, Keith Behan, Paul Walsh, David Murphy. Subs: Alan Bridgette, Paul Berry, Barry Scully, Jim Keaveney, Andy Hennessy

FC Blanch were held to a scoreless draw by Vianney so it's as you were at the top of the Premier Sunday..

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