The last time these teams clashed back in October Glenmuir United were 6-1 winners but Glenmuir Celtic gained ample revenge and the bragging rights this time out with an emphatic 5-0 win in this second round fixture played under lights last Tuesday night.
Huge credit to the management of both Glenmuir sides to have two teams from the same club competing in the Premier Division, they somehow avoided the temptation of amalgamating the teams into one strong side.
The Celtic side gave a master class in finishing on the night and were in sparkling form with both Michael Ekperuoh and Jamie Farrell impressive throughout the game but the entire team shone in all areas of the pitch against their club rivals. It was Ekperuoh who started the ball rolling when he blasted past Mark Byrne in the third minute to open the scoring and it was nearly 2-0 shortly after when a delightful free kick by Niall Cummins clipped the top of the crossbar.
United did have a chance to equalise when Mark Kilgallen spotted Peter McStravick’s clever run in behind the defence but the final shot went inches wide of the post from McStravick. Ekperuoh and Farrell were linking up superbly midway through the half, setting up chance after chance on goal.
Their excellent work soon paid dividends with two terrific strikes before half time, Ekperuoh played a one two with Farrell outside the box on 17 minutes with Ekperuoh controlling the return brilliantly before slotting past the stranded Byrne and minutes later it was 3-0 when Farrell cut inside from the right wing and curled a stunning third goal to the far top left corner.
Kilgallen tried to motivate Glenmuir United after the break but there was no stopping Celtic and Ciaran McMahon went very close to extending their lead on 48 minutes with a fine left footed low shot but the fourth goal soon arrived when Craig Lennon’s fierce first time volley flew into the top corner.
Celtic could even afford a penalty miss before Tolani Animashaun added his name to the score sheet as the final minutes approached with a bullet down the centre from 15 yards.
GLENMUIR CELTIC: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Tolani Animashaun, Conor Dunn, Ciaran McMahon, James McQuillan, Abdul Abubakar, Jack McKenna, Ryan McCormack, Michael Ekperuoh, Niall Cummins, Craig Lennon, Jamie Farrell, Emmanuel Kwelele, Oisin Callan.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Thomas O’Connell, Jason Cullen, Cian O’Donoghue, Yan Petroskey, Aaron Fee, Jamie Browne, Mark Kilgallen, Peter McStravick, Steven Ryland, Rory Phelan, Jay O’Hagan. Morgan Duffy.
REFEREE: Niall Minto