Rock Celtic bounced back from their shock opening day defeat to Navan Cosmos by beating Trim Celtic 1-0 at an excellently appointed Sandy Lane on Friday evening.
The home side were fast out of the blocks and they almost opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Michael Osobe latched onto Paddy Quinn’s pass only to see his strike saved by Danny Carroll in the Trim nets.
Carroll was called in action soon after when Derek Delany’s glancing header was brilliantly tipped over by the netminder.
The visitors almost broke the deadlock midway through the half when Derek Donohue got on the end of Mark McCormack’s free-kick but his header went narrowly wide of John Rogers’ upright.
Rock continued to make the running and Carroll once again came to his side’s rescue when he made a stunning save from a David Ward piledriver after clever play from Delany had set him up.
The home side rode their luck and had a major let off just before the break when, in the same attack, Donohue struck the Rock crossbar from a Mark Leavy delivery and from the rebound he rattled an upright with goalkeeper Rogers all at sea.
The sides went in scoreless at the break and 10 minutes into the second half Delany was again denied, this time when his close range effort was hacked off the line by Trim defender Paul Munnelly.
Urged on by the home support the Seasiders continued to mount the pressure and Delany saw a powerful strike brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Carroll. Kevin McArdle then suffered the same fate when his follow up strike was clawed to safety for yet another corner kick.
With 12 minutes left to play the Rock finally found a way past Carroll. A poor defensive clearance by McCormack was seized upon by McArdle and he immediately switched the ball to the unmarked Ward who in turn laid a perfect pass into the path of Delany and from 12-yards he blasted the ball the roof of the net to seal a vital win for Shane Reddish’s men.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Paddy Reilly, Cormac McArdle (Conor McDonnell) (Christy Ward), Paul Gore, Aidan Sheehy, Aaron Mulligan, Kevin McArdle, Paddy Quinn, Derek Delany, David Ward, Michael Osobe (Brian Kilboy).