QUAY Celtic captured the U14 Dundalk FC Cup after this narrow win over Premier Division winners Glenmuir United as once again it took extra time to separate two fully committed teams in another exciting cup final.
Quay Celtic got off to a flying start going 1-0 ahead after 11 minutes when Sean O’Hanlon’s deep cross picked out James Prendergast in the Glenmuir penalty area and Prendergast didn’t hesitate to fire a right footed shot past the stranded Mark Byrne.
The Point Road side had a glorious opportunity to double their advantage four minutes later from the penalty spot after Adam Hooper was upended but Sean O’Hanlon’s spot kick went high and wide.
Quay Celtic had the majority of possession in the first half and Glenmuir’s first real chance was after 20 minutes with a shot from Azez Ogunfowora.
Most the Glenmuir chances in the game fell to the talented Ogunfowora who, on another day and with a little more luck falling his way, could have scored several.
Glenmuir were more positive after the break, a clever back heel by Aaron Matthews in the 5th minute set up a chance for Chad McEneaney but Garion O’Hare managed to push the shot away with the help of the post.
Ogunfowora was causing big problems for the Quay Celtic defence with his surging forward runs and in the 13th minute he burst past two defenders but delayed too long with his shot and O’Hare was able to intercept.
The Glenmuir striker soon made amends two minutes later with a similar run, this time he beat the advancing keeper but Quay Celtic defender Luke Hazzard was very unlucky not to clear the ball off the line as the ball found the back of the net for the equaliser.
Ciaran Jamison headed Sean O’Hanlon’s corner over the bar in the 25th minute and Ogunfowora was unlucky two minutes later when he beat off the challenge of two defenders but dragged his shot wide of the post.
It was end to end in the final minutes as Ogunfowora created another chance for Glenmuir and Adam Hooper nearly clinched it for Quay but a brilliant last ditch tackle by Amara Ibeh prevented Hooper from getting his shot away.
The match winner arrived three minutes into the first period of extra time for Quay Celtic when a free kick from James Prendergast was slapped away by Mark Byrne but Adam Hooper re-acted the quickest to pounce on the loose ball to slam the ball past Byrne.
Sean O’Hanlon was unlucky not to increase Quay’s lead after a terrific run from midfield but his shot brought another top save from Mark Byrne. Glenmuir tried desperately to force an equaliser but Quay Celtic showed great determination and held on to win the cup.
QUAY CELTIC: Garion O’Hare, Luke Hazzard, Conor McGailey, Andrew Curley, Caolan Conroy, Ciaran Jamison, Sean O’Hanlon, Gavin Smith, James Prendergast, Adam Hooper, Caolan Dines, Ben Kapinga, Padraig Russell.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Niall Carragher, Emmanuel Keenan, Oisin McGuinness, Ciaran McShane, Edgar Bitanis, Chad McEneaney, Dean Connolly, Azez Ogunfowora, Ronan Murphy, Gavin Markey, Adam Finnegan, Amara Ibeh, Aaron Matthews.