Resurgent Quay Celtic moved off the bottom of the Nivea For Men MDL Premier Division table as they chalked up theirs second win on the bounce with a terrific performance against Navan Cosmos at Clancy Park on Friday.
Both sides had goals ruled out for offside in the first-half but apart from those incidents it was a relatively quiet affair.
That was until the 38th minute when Daniel Kerr raced into the Cosmos penalty area before drilling the ball across the face of the goal and Niall Donnelly arrived at speed to hammer the ball into the net.
Within minutes the home side increased their advantage when Dean Sheil found himself through one on one with the goalkeeper and he calmly picked his spot to side foot the ball inside the far post.
The second-half opened with the visitors on the front foot and within two minutes their centre forward Colin Gilseanan made it 2-1 with a super volley from a right wing cross that gave Quay goalkeeper Brat Tucker no chance.
Cosmos upped the ante and on 70 minutes they drew level. Stephen Hutchinson was adjudged to have committed a foul wide on the right and when the resulting free-kick was whipped in at pace Sean Conaty’s deft header sent the ball past Tucker to make it 2-2.
Quay went back in front straight from the restart when Niall Donnelly raced down the right-wing, beating his marker for speed, before cutting inside the penalty area and firing a rocket past the goalkeeper from the tightest of angles to put his side in front.
The result was put beyond doubt late on when substitute Dennis Cholach took possession deep inside the visitors’ half before skipping past the Cosmos centre half and then brilliantly dummying the goalkeeper before calmly rolling the ball into the empty net.
In the final minute the visitors struck the woodwork but the night belonged to the Quay as they captured their second major scalp in a row.
Quay Celtic: Brat Tucker, Jude Carroll (John McKenny), Stephen Hutchinson, Niall Hearty, Gareth Papworth, Barry McKenna, Daniel Kerr (Dennis Cholach), Robbie Gavigan, Dean Sheil, Niall Donnelly, Gavin Donnelly.