Two second half goals by John McNally gave Glenmuir United their 9th win of the U17 league season as they beat Donacarney Celtic at Glenmuir Park on Wednesday night.
The Drogheda side were in confident mood from the start and were hoping to consolidate third spot in the league after their surprise victory away to potential champions Muirhevnamor in their previous outing.
There was precious little between the two sides, with both defences dominating. Donacarney were busy up front but Glenmuir defender Adam Shields was outstanding in the heart of the home defence.
The visitors looked to have the measure of Glenmuir in the first-half with Jamie McQuillan proving a real nuisance and the same player put Donacarney ahead in the 29th minute when he curled a superb effort around Glenmuir keeper John Burlingham. However the second-half saw a turning of the tide when John McNally equalised with a stunning free-kick after 11 minutes.
At the other end a McQuillan free-kick was well saved by John Burlingham and the Glenmuir ‘keeper then produced a point blank save with his feet to deny Sean O’Malley putting Donacarney back in front.
The away side would regret that miss minutes later when Glenmuir scored a second goal when McNally lost his marker to head home at the near post from Oisin Murray’s superb cross from the right wing.
Glenmuir then went close to a third goal when the Murray twins combined, Sean weaved his way into the box to set up Oisin but his well struck effort was brilliantly saved by Donacarney goalkeeper Eoin Carney.
Glenmuir United: John Burlingham, Daniel Kirk, Jake Fanning, Sean Murray, Oisin Murray, Mark O’Hagan, Kalkren Kieran, Michael Lambert, John McNally, Mark Shine, Jamie Bellew, Adam Shields, Brendan Sheils.
Donacarney: Eoin Carney, Ciaran Ryan, Evan O’Reilly, Alan Thoni, Brendan Long, Dylan Byrne, Davy O’Byrne, Fergus Grimes, Jamie McQuillan, Leon Hughes, Sean O’Malley, Jason Curran, Conor O’Byrne, Nathan Owens.
Referee: Colm McConville.