Quay Celtic are on the brink of relegation to the First Division after they suffered a fatal 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers OMP United at the MDL Grounds on Sunday.
The result leaves Barry Kieran’s side on five points with just three games to play. OMP sit eight ahead of the Clancy Park men and know that just a point in their final five games will condemn Quay to the second tier.
On Sunday, Quay had a great chance to open the scoring after just 10 minutes when Dean Sheil was put through by Niall Donnelly only to be upended in the penalty area. Sheil was delegated to take the spot kick but saw his effort brilliantly saved by the home goalkeeper.
Denis Cholach then played a one two with Barry McKenna and rounded the goalkeeper only to screw his effort wide.
Despite playing into a strong wind, the visitors continued to push on and Sheil was off target from the edge of the penalty area with another good opportunity.
Having failed to capitalise the visitors were punished when OMP scored just before the half-time whistle sounded through Dave McElroy.
The second-half continued with Quay the dominant force but despite forcing numerous corner kicks they failed to make the breakthrough and once again they were made to pay the price when, in another swift counter attack, Maddie Ionell scored to double OMP’s lead.
Quay’s persistence eventually paid off on 70 minutes when substitute Daniel Kerr netted after a brilliant individual solo run from the halfway line but OMP held on grimly to secure the three points despite having a man sent off with ten minutes left to play.
Quay Celtic: Seamus Quigley, John McKenny, Paraic Browne, Paul Burke, Barry Walsh, Robbie Gavigan, Barry McKenna, Denis Cholach (Daniel Kerr), Niall Donnelly, Gavin Donnelly, Dean Sheil.