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Prince strikes yet again as St Paul's held

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ST PETER became the first team to take points from champions St Paul’s this season on Saturday and it was thoroughly deserved.

St Paul's goalscorer Jack Boyle takes the ball past Jordan Preston at St Peter. Picture: ROB CURRIE (20611204)

An open and competitive game at St Peter finished a goal apiece and both goals were excellently taken by St Peter’s in-form striker Jake Prince and St Paul’s midfield maestro Jack Boyle.

Prince, who has scored 13 goals in his last seven games in all competitions, hit the target with a beauty from 25 yards – clipping the underside of the crossbar as it entered the goal.

Boyle made a great run right-to-left across the 18-yard line and with St Peter defenders standing off, he planted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to level the scores.

Both goals came in the closing minutes of the first half, a period during which St Paul’s had marginally the better of the possession. However St Peter had the best chance to score but Harry Cardwell’s well-struck effort, coming in from the right, was pushed away at full stretch by goalkeeper Euan van der Vliet’s strong right hand.

St Peter, now backed by the wind, had the lion’s share of possession in the second period, but neither goalkeeper was tested.

St Peter did look the more likely to add to their score in the closing minutes, but St Paul’s defence held firm to stretch their undefeated run this season to 14 games in all competitions.

It was no surprise St Peter finished the stronger as they’ve played six times since the start of January while St Paul’s have only played twice.

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