take the lead


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Cecilia is my dearest friend, but I don't allow her to take the lead in the room.
21st hit back with two goals to take the lead but Doggy fought back with Brad Butler scoring a great goal.
The home side had a number of good chances to take the lead as first the Dromara keeper came out on top when faced with a couple of one-on-one situations, then Ashley Holden saw a terrific volley shave the crossbar before an Adrian Dalton shot struck the upright.
Six minutes into the second half, Plymouth had a good chance to take the lead, but Micky Evans' tame header was saved by Steve Williams.
But the Ducks scored three consecutive goals in just more than three minutes to a take the lead with 3:25 left.