Quay Celtic played Trim Celtic under the Clancy Park floodlights on Friday night and it was a significant evening for Barry Kieran and his side as they picked up their first league win of the campaign.
Despite being touted as one of the favourites for the league title, Trim have struggled for consistency and they found themselves a goal down after just seconds when Dean Hoey out-jumped Trim goalkeeper Aaron Ryan to head the ball to the roof of the net for a sensational start.
Trim attacked from the restart and Quay Celtic’s new goalkeeper Brat Turker, who was on the books at Oriel Park last season, made a brilliant save from a Derek Donohue effort.
On 10 minutes the home side went two goals up and again Hoey was on target as he powered a 25-yard screamer past Ryan following a lay-off from man of the match Robbie Gavigan.
Playing into a strong breeze that was blowing from the Sean O’Mahony’s end of the pitch, the Point Road side had the visitors chasing shadows and Ryan was called into action to deny Niall Donnelly and David Hughes in turn.
The second-half saw the visitors up their game and they continually tested the Quay back four but the outstanding Niall Hearty and goalkeeper Turker kept the Clancy Park side’s goal intact.
On the hour mark Turker made a brilliant save from a Danny Higgins pile-driver after Mark Leavy had cut the ball back for him and Leavy himself suffered the same fate shortly afterwards, Turker making an excellent fingertip save.
Trim continued to press forward but with ten minutes left to play they were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for verbal dissent.
With the final whistle fast approaching and back to the wall defending in front of Turker, a quick breakaway resulted in Gavigan’s brilliant back heel set up substitute Robbie Rafferty but with only Ryan to beat from inside the penalty area he fired his strike inches wide.
It made little difference however as the Point Road side kept their composure to see out the game and capture a major scalp that lifts them off the bottom of the table.
Quay Celtic: Brat Turker, Barry Walsh (Mickey Clarke), Eanna McArdle, Oisin McGee, Niall Hearty, Barry McKenna, David Hughes, Robbie Gavigan, Gavin Donnelly, Dean Hoey (Barry Mackin), Niall Donnelly (Robbie Rafferty).