Quay Celtic U14’s put their disappointing domestic season to date behind them to produce their best performance of the campaign to beat Trim Celtic in the National Cup on Sunday morning.
Trim Celtic were 2-1 winners over the current unbeaten Dundalk league leaders Rock Celtic in the previous round and were strong favourites to be in the draw for the last 32 teams but they were no match for Quay Celtic on the day.
Quay showed great determination right from the start and they went ahead inside the opening ten minutes when Conor Mackin’s strike from outside the Trim penalty area flew into the back of the net for a superb opening goal.
And they were two ahead on 12 minutes when Oran Kierans picked the ball up on the left side and skipped by his marker before whipping in an excellent ball that was met by Alan Carr inside the six-yard box and he made no mistake.
Trim Celtic seemed to be shellshocked by the start made by Quay Celtic and it took them a while to get into the game.
But, to their credit, they began to pose an attacking threat as they pushed forward searching for a way back.
Conor Halinan’s corner kick in the 19th minute found the head of the unmarked Callum Pottinger but his effort was well saved by Ronan Gaughran and Alex Dunne threatened for Trim on two occasions in the following minutes but Quay’s centre backs Ronan Bailey and Mark Traynor snuffed out the threat.
The home side extended their lead in the 24th minute when Alan Carr’s shot was deflected past the Trim ‘keeper Harry Hogan by a defender.
The second-half started much like the first had finished with the hosts in control. Conor Mackin headed wide five minutes after the restart and minutes later Alan Carr and Mackin both had powerful shots well saved by Harry Hogan.
Quay Celtic looked to be in full control but Trim Celtic introduced two substitutes Padraig Costello and Andrew Dinan who made an immediate impact with Costello setting up Dinan to score from close range and it was soon 3-2 when Conor Halinan’s deep cross was volleyed home by Ciaran Dowling.
The home side took up the challenge in a very positive way with Conor Mackin’s superb cross finding the head of Alan Carr but his effort crashed off the Trim crossbar but the Quay Celtic striker was not to be denied when he completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute after he fired past the stranded Hogan.
And the icing was put on the cake for the home side when Carr turned goal provider on 62 minutes when he set up Mackin to hammer home a fifth goal.
Quay Celtic: Ronan Gaughran, Jack O’Connor (Melvin Onu), Ken McEvoy, Ronan Bailey, Mark Traynor, Conor Mackin, James Prendergast, Ben Kapinga, Alan Carr, Terence Kelly, Oran Kierans (Tiernan Mullen).