Reigning champions Muirhevnamor just about overcame a very determined Bay United by two goals to one in their opening game of this season’s campaign last Monday night.
They were lucky to survive an early scare when Bay’s Kevin Scollon should have done better with only the keeper to beat.
Good work by Conor Murphy on the left played in Thomas Woods and his shot struck the keeper before hitting the post on its way to the net, to put Muirhevnamor ahead with 25 minutes played.
Unlike in past years, Bay refused to buckle and they were awarded a penalty just before the break when Akin Taiwo was fouled in the box. Frank Osadebe blasted the spot kick into the top right-hand corner to level the match and keep his record of having scored in every match so far intact, bringing his goal tally to six in three games.
Five minutes into the second half, Gary Clarke scored what proved to be the winning goal of an absorbing 90 minutes.
For new manager Peter McGinn, he will be hoping that his charges will be able to up their performances for much stiffer tasks ahead.
Brian Johnston, the Bay boss, can only be delighted by his team’s performance in holding the champions to a single goal victory.
Boland brace keeps Youths flying high
MUIRHEVNAMOR Youths continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bay United, making it three wins out of three starts.
A very close first half last Thursday night ended with the Youths taking a 1-0 lead into the break, thanks to a Ciaran Boland free kick.
Midway through the second half Boland struck again and this goal seemed to rock the home side’s confidence and the visitors took control of the match.
Two goals by Fra McCann in the last five minutes rounded off the scoring as Bay slumped to a second defeat in a row.
Seatown sizzle against Rangers
SEATOWN chalked up their first win of the season against Rangers with an emphatic 5-1 scoreline last Monday night.
There was little to choose between the sides in a very evenly contested first half.
A Stefan Zlokapa penalty put the home side ahead, but just before half-time Dean Shiel squared the game for Rangers. David Asare put Seatown in front once again just minutes into the second half.
A crucial substitution by manager Seatown Brian McGuinness saw the introduction of Conall McKeever and he proceeded to knock in two quick goals that ended Rangers resistance. The scoring was completed by Zlokapa late on.