Glenmuir United’s hopes of landing the runners-up spot in the U15 Premier Division are alive and well after a narrow 2-1 home win over Rock Celtic at Glenmuir Park.
Rock Celtic will feel disappointed that the least they should have got out of the game was a draw after having an equal share of possession in a very entertaining game.
In a keenly contested first-half it was the away side who took the initiative with Jack Reid, Ross Kelly and Kizito Ekwueme commanding midfield and it was Ekwueme who set up the first chance of the game on seven minutes when he rolled the ball into the path of Kelly but Mark Byrne was equal to the task to dive full length and finger tip the ball away.
A dipping long range effort from Dylan Sharkey flashed by the Glenmuir post in the 15th minute and soon after the Blackrock side took a deserved 0-1 lead from a well worked free-kick when a glancing header by Jack Reid found the Glenmuir net from Ben Mooney’s excellent delivery.
Rock’s dominance didn’t last long and Glenmuir finally settled after the introduction of Azeez Ogunfowora, the Glenmuir striker burst past three defenders in the 17th minute but went for power when he should have looked for accuracy.
He made amends six minutes before half-time though with the equaliser although his shot did take a little deflection giving Rock goalkeeper Shane Barron no chance.
The away side nearly regained the lead when Kizito Ekwueme latched on to a pass from Ciaran Fee in the last attack of the first half but his fine effort went inches wide of the post. Both sides attacked at every opportunity in a free flowing second-half but defences were on top and a share of the points looked a likely bet but what proved to be the winning goal arrived with 15 minutes remaining.
Amara Ibeh was the provider when he slipped a perfect pass into Dean Connolly who found the corner of the net with a fine strike.
The visitors piled forward in search of an equaliser and a terrific pass from Jack Reid sent Kizito Ekwueme clear of his marker in the final minute of the game but he was denied by a superb one handed save by Glenmuir keeper Mark Byrne.
Glenmuir United: Mark Byrne, Emmanuel Keenan, Oisin McGuinness, Edgar Bitanis, Chad McEneaney, Deane Connolly, Azeez Ogunfowora, Caolan Dines, Gavin Markey, Peter McElroy, Amara Ibeh, Mubarak Odowfih, Conor Nicholson, Michael Summers.
Rock Celtic: Shane Barron, David Murphy, Chris Stapleton, Ben Hearty, Alex Hanratty, Jack Reid, Ross Kelly, James Cushahan, Ciaran Fee, Kizito Ekwueme, Dylan Sharkey.
Referee: Stephen Fisher.