Muirhevnamor and Quay Celtic faced off in this local derby in Muirhevnamor on Friday evening with the points shared after a controversial encounter.
Sean Dixon’s home side finished the game with ten men and drew level with a highly debatable stoppage time penalty from Jimmy Cooney that preserves their unbeaten start to life in the Premier Division.
Muirhevnamor goalkeeper Michael Cooney had earlier been controversially sent off after his side had what appeared to be a legitimate claim for a stonewall spot-kick turned down.
The newly promoted Mor side opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Ryan Dillon flicked on a long clearance from Adrian Rafferty and Anto Reilly grabbed his 2nd goal of the season with a confident finish.
Quay drew level direct from the restart following a mix up in the home defence with Barry Carr on target and midway through the half the visitors went 2-1 up when Simon O’Shaughnessy hammered home a stunning goal from the edge of the penalty area following a long throw-in.
In a pulsating second half Mor full-back Stefan McKevitt brilliantly cleared a Barry Walsh double effort off the line before the controversial sending off of Muirhevnamor goalkeeper Cooney for dissent after he protested too loudly following the referee’s decision to wave away claims for a penalty.
Minutes later, and with the game deep into time added on, Muirhevnamor did receive a penalty kick when Brendan Hughes was adjudged to have been fouled; a decision that infuriated the visitors.
A cool head was needed and that’s exactly what Jimmy Cooney provided as he stepped up to blast the spot kick past Seamus Quigley to deny Barry Kieran’s side all three points.
Muirhevnamor: Michael Cooney, Stefan McKevitt, Brian Begley, Derek McCabe, Adrian Rafferty, Philip Duffy, Conor Gorman (Brian Duffy), Sean Conlon (Brendan Hughes), Jimmy Cooney, Anto Reilly, Ryan Dillon (Padraig Smith).
Quay Celtic: Seamus Quigley, Barry McKenna, TJ Murtagh, Oisin McGee, Robbie Gavigan, Niall McLoughlin, Deco Moran, Simon O’Shaughnessy, Barry Walsh, Barry Carr, Mark Savage.