Quay Celtic pulled off one of the shocks of the season to date as the MDL Premier Division’s bottom side outplayed Rock Celtic to secure a 4-0 win against the Seasiders at Sandy Lane on Friday night.
Striker Dean Sheil was the hero for Barry Kieran’s side who came into the game on minus points following the deduction of six points for playing an ineligible player in their only previous win of the season, against Trim Celtic earlier in the campaign.
The visitors got off to a flying start after just five minutes when Shiel fired past John Rogers to opened the scoring.
David Ward was the main threat for the Seasiders and he tested Brat Tucker in the Quay goals after 15 minutes with a piledriver that the goalkeeper did well to hold.
David Hoey’s men continued to search for an equaliser and they went close again when Derek Delany headed just off target after a good delivery from Ger McSorley had found him unmarked at the back post.
The visitors continued to work very hard and knocked the ball around at a high tempo and they doubled their advantage five minutes before the break with a spectacular effort.
Rock goalkeeper Rogers cleared the ball upfield from inside his own penalty area only for the the ball to fall kindly for Robbie Gavigan who struck a fantastic effort over the back pedalling Rogers from 45-yards for a sensational goal.
The opening minutes of the second-half saw the home side mount a series of attacks on the Quay goal and Delaney, Ward and McSorley all went close to reducing the arrears - the latter denied by a superb save from the Quay goalkeeper.
The visitors went 3-0 up on the hour mark when a blistering run on the left wing by Niall Donnelly saw him get to the byline and cut the ball back to the supporting Shiel to calmly drill the ball to the bottom corner of the net.
Once again the home side worked hard to salvage something from the game but Gareth Papworth and Stephen Hutchinson were solid as they formed an impenetrable barrier in front of Tucker.
And with five minutes left to play Shiel, with an exquisite touch, controlled a long clearance from Tucker and in one act he calmly swept the ball past Rogers to seal an excellent personal performance, throw his side a lifeline in their relegation battle and also put a huge dent in the champions’ hopes of retaining their title.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Conor McDonnell (David McGeough), Cormac McArdle, Paddy Quinn, Aidan Sheekey, Paddy Reilly, Ger McSorley, Mark McGeown, Derek Delany, David Ward, Kevin McArdle (Kurt Murphy).
Quay Celtic: Brat Tucker, Jude Carroll, Eanna McArdle, Gareth Papworth, Niall Hearty (Daniel Kerr), Stephen Hutchinson, Niall Donnelly (Adam McKenna), Robbie Gavigan, Gavin Donnelly (Shane McKenna), Dean Shiel, Barry McKenna.