Walshestown made a good start to their U15 League campaign as they ran out narrow winners against Glenmuir Celtic on Thursday evening.
The home side took a surprise lead on six minutes when Ronan Murphy’s clever short corner found Andrew Laverty unmarked on the edge of the penalty area and the left-back lifted a sweet curling effort over the Walshestown goalkeeper into the top corner.
The early goal settled Glenmuir and they played with confidence in the opening quarter.
Oran Murphy’s precise pass in the 17th minute put Nicholas Browne in behind the visitors defence but Browne’s final effort was too high.
And the Blues went close again in the 19th minute with a Timmy Olowookere shot but the away side soon began to control the proceedings with good passing and movement off the ball while Glenmuir had to work hard to contain them.
The warning signs were there for the Glenmuir defence however and on 20 minutes a last ditch tackle by Cameron McKeown prevented Cian McCluskey from scoring.
Walshestown were level on 23 minutes when Sam Reilly’s fierce shot was blocked but Harry Haughney was in the right place to score from the rebound and a minute later James Moore put Walshestown 1-2 ahead when he beat Glenmuir ‘keeper Conor Byrne at the near post with a low shot.
Walshestown continued to dominate possession in the second half and Harry Haughney, Cian McCluskey and Sam Reilly all went close but Glenmuir were still up to the challenge and Oran Murphy was very unlucky not to equalise on the hour mark.
Just as the home side sensed they might get something from the game the outcome was sealed in the 67th minute when Cian McCluskey’s accurate cross was headed home by James Moore.
Glenmuir Celtic: Conor Byrne, Dylan Mulligan, Andrew Laverty, Owen Lennon, Cameron McKeown, Bernard Laverty, Nicholas Browne, Ronan Murphy, Oran Murphy, Conor Kilkenny, Timmy Olowookere, Tommy Olowookere, Osas Eghaghe, Darren Bailey, Daniel Mullen.
Walshestown: Jack Boylon, Evan Kelly, Cian Carroll, Pearse Rice, Ryan Levins, Niall Woods, Sean Kelly, Sam Reilly, Cian McCluskey, Harry Haughney, James Moore, Eoghan Winters, Matthew Boylon.