Quay celebrate first MDL trophy

DROMIN United and Quay Celtic Reserves met at Junction Road on Saturday afternoon in the MDL A Reserve Division.

DROMIN United and Quay Celtic Reserves met at Junction Road on Saturday afternoon in the MDL A Reserve Division.

Quay came into the game needing three points to take their first senior trophy in the traditional winter season while Dromin needed a win to force a play-off.

In a tense opening few minutes, it was Quay who created the better chances. The first fell to Johnny Lynch who was put through by Drew Duffy but Lynch sent the ball narrowly wide.

Barry Kieran’s men continued to attack and some good play down the right by Daniel Kerr set up Stephen Fisher but he could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

Quay came out slowly from the blocks in the second half and Dromin created numerous opportunities within the first 20 minutes, the best falling to Paul McKeever inside the box, his shot hitting the crossbar and going out of play.

Goalkeeper Liam McDonagh then came to the Point Road side’s rescue with two great saves in quick succession as Dromin looked to make the vital breakthrough.

That seemed to spur Quay on and they found there feet and went at Dromin again, resulting in the goal that clinched the title.

A free-kick from the left by Kieran looked destined to find the outstanding Derek Rogers but before he could plant his header home, he received a shove in the back which resulted in a Quay penalty. Drew Duffy cooly stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and send the trophy back to Clancy Park.

The title win was especially sweet for manager Barry Kieran who took over the reins of the side following the death of his father, and Quay Celtic stalwart, Sean. The championship was sealed in honour of Sean.

The Point Road men now go in search of a league and cup double and their next fixture sees them travel away to Duleek in the quarter- final of the MDL Reserve Cup on Saturday.

QUAY CELTIC RESERVES: Liam McDonagh, Brian Begley, Tommy O’Hare, Derek Rogers, Barry Kieran, Daniel Kerr (Colin Finan 50), Ross Mulpeter (Jason Crawley 75), Niall McLoughlin, Drew Duffy, Johnny Lynch, Stephen Fisher.