A 69th minute goal, scored by Adam Hooper, gave Quay Celtic all three points in their U16 League clash with Shamrocks on Sunday morning in Fatima.
Hooper’s strike earned the Point Road men the win they probably deserved but Shamrocks will feel they had enough possession to have held on to at least gain a point from the game.
Both sides created chances early in the game but it took 24 minutes before the deadlock was broken when James Prendergast was allowed too much room in the Shamrocks penalty area and he showed no hesitation to fire past Michael Fernandez.
Adam Hooper had a good opportunity minutes later to put his side further ahead when he took a pass from Shane Byrne but he fired inches over the bar.
The same Quay Celtic player had another decent chance five minutes into the second-half but this time his shot bounced back off the crossbar and luckily for Shamrocks there was no Quay Celtic players following up.
A corner by Luke Hazard ten minutes later found the unmarked Fergal Mulholland but he headed straight into the arms of Shamrocks goalkeeper Fernandez.
The home side started to gain the upper hand as the second-half progressed and a Dylan Owens shot tested Garrion O’Hare on 52 minutes.
With five minutes left on the watch, the sides were level when Shamrocks were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area and Dylan Owens found the top corner with a superb strike. Shamrocks were pressing for a winner and Garrion O’Hare produced a brilliant block to deny Emmanuel Edebama but it was Adam Hooper who had the final say .
The striker chased after a long ball out of the Quay defence from Oisin McCabe and slotted past the stranded Shamrocks keeper to grab all three points.
Shamrocks: Michael Fernandez, Cian Lyndsay, Mark Kerley, Emmet Woods, Cian Myles, Dylan Owens, Tiernan Duffy, Luke O’Brien, Luca Grennan, Emmanuel Edebama, Nathan Markey, Habib Ramos, Jordan Corway.
Quay Celtic: Garrion O’Hare, James Murphy, Oisin McCabe, Fergal Mulholland, Conor McGailey, Luke Hazard, Shane Byrne, James Prendergast, Adam Hooper, Bernard Laverty, Tiernan Reilly, Tadgh Litchfield, Mark McCaughey.
Referee: James Everard.