Bellurgan United enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win over Trim Celtic at Tom Flynn Park on Sunday morning to strengthen their grip on third place.
That victory over Trim, who incredibly still have six games in hand on United, keeps them three points behind Navan Cosmos in second but leaves them five clear of Muirhevnamor with whom they have played one game fewer.
Bellurgan went a goal up on five minutes when a rampaging right wing run by Jason Brennan ended with him delivering a great ball to Ciaran Sheelan who ruthlessly blasted the ball to the net from 12 yards.
The home sdie then made it 2-0 when Sheelan, having picked up Jonathan Winters incisive pass, laid the ball off for Darryn Gaynor who supplied the finish.
Trim reduced the arrears from the penalty spot after Ciaran Casey was adjudged to have pushed the Trim centre forward and having managed to pull one back, the visitors upped their game and it then took some brilliant saves from Robert Arthur to ensure his side went in 2-1 up at half time.
Five minutes into the second half, Bellurgan scored their third goal and ensured themselves all three points when a Gaynor piledriver was parried by the goalkeeper into the path of the ever-alert Sheelan.
He pounced to ram the loose ball to the back of the net for his second of the afternoon having returned to the starting line-up after appearing from the bench in their 3-1 win over Quay Celtic in United’s previous outing.
For the remainder of the game the home side were always comfortable as they easily dealt with the visitors’ best efforts and ensure the long trip for them would prove to be in vain.
Bellurgan United: Robert Arthur, Jonathan Winters (Daniel Rice), Damien Connor (Stephen Finnegan), Ciaran Casey, Stephen Malone ,Jason Brennan, Paddy Sheelan, Daniel O’Connor, Ciaran Sheelan, Darryn Gaynor, Paul Savage .