KEIFER BYRNE'S headed equalizer in the 43rd minute salvaged St Patrick's Athletic Under 13's a valuable point in their league encounter with Leicester Celtic on Saturday.
Pats had controlled the first half playing into a stiff breeze but found themselves a goal down at the break. A poor kick from a free-kick inside their own box rebounded off the back of one of their own players straight to a waiting Leicester forward who could believe his luck to calmly stroke the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The goal came two minutes before the break.
Previous games between have been tight and close affairs with very little between the two sides. This game was no different. It was hard to see were an equalizer would come from.
A switch in formation seemed to do it. The Saints switched to 4-4-2. The equalizing goal soon followed. Good play down the Pat's right released Jason Ryan. A great piece of skill by Ryan to beat his marker allowed him get to the by-line and cross. With pin-point accuracy he found Keifer Byrne breaking from midfield to get ahead of his marker at the front post and guide his downward header into the Leicester net.
The game now opened up as both sides tried to find a winner. Saints keeper Martin Carroll made 3 excellent saves to keep his side in the game towards the end as Pats held on for the last few minutes for the 1-1 draw.
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