Ross Finglas rescued a point for Albion Rovers in Clancy Park on Saturday afternoon in their U17 game away to Quay Celtic when he forced home an equaliser in the final minute of the game.
The home side got off to a flyer, taking the lead in the 2nd minute. Dillon Curran’s throw in was headed on by Derek Ani and Darren Killeen pounced to fire past the stranded Albion Rovers keeper Jamie O’Neill.
The Monasterboice side enjoyed plenty of possession and a fine run and cross from the right wing by Gareth Delaney in the 17th minute found the feet of Johnny White but Quay Celtic goalkeeper Vinny Smith dived full length to tip White’s shot around the post.
The home side took control after that and should have doubled their advantage on 22 minutes when Kelvin Kelly set up Darren Killeen but he stroked the ball wide of the target.
Albion did create a good chance for an equaliser six minutes later but Vinny Smith produced a terrific save with his feet to deny Gareth Delaney a certain goal.
Albion did equalise early in the second-half following a corner kick when Ross Finglas fired home through a crowd of players in the Quay penalty area.
Albion then had two goals ruled out for offside but it was Quay Celtic who regained the lead when Josh Curtis Larkin was tripped in the penalty area and the same player stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty kick.
Anto Lines and Dean O’Donnell both threatened to extend the lead for the home side and Derek Ani should have made the points safe with three minutes remaining but the striker couldn’t get enough on the ball to direct it home. Quay would regret that miss when Ross Finglas pounced in the last minute to score his second goal of the game and earn a point for his team.
Quay Celtic: Vinny Smith, John Curtis, Dillon Curran, Adam Mully, Dillon O’Callaghan, Ronan Cunningham, Ryan Washington, Darren Killeen, Derek Ani, Kelvin Kelly, Graham Kernans, Dean O’Donnell, Luke McArdle, Anto Lines.
Albion Rovers: Jamie O’Neill, Jordan Murphy, Dylan Holcroft, Rory Murphy, Blake Rowan, Ben Hillard, Johnny White, Gareth Delaney, Fergal O’Donoghue, Cillian Cuzzan, Ross Finglas, Brendan McArdle, Ferdinand Aritola, Ben Breen