Glenmuir United U15s got their new Premier Division campaign off to a good start with a narrow 2-1 victory over Quay Celtic at Glenmuir Park on Saturday afternoon.
Daniel Mullen threatened for the home side on two occasions in the first 20 minutes but it was the visitors who took the lead through Conor Mackin on 21 minutes.
Glenmuir goalkeeper Mark Byrne can consider himself lucky only to receive a yellow card after handling the ball outside the penalty area but justice was served when Mackin’s free-kick found the bottom corner of the net.
Glenmuir responded with Jason Cullen going close but it was Quay who nearly doubled their advantage when Mackin’s excellent pass found Luke Gorham but Byrne produced a good save to deny Gorham’s powerful shot.
The home side secured a very important equaliser on the stroke of half time when Peter McStravick’s corner kick was hooked home by the unmarked Stephen Rylands.
Glenmuir pressed forward after the break in search of goals. Peter McStravick went close on a couple of occasions early in the half while at the other end Luke Gorham was unlucky to see his shot bounce off the outside of the Glenmuir post.
A Daniel Mullen free-kick flashed inches wide of the Quay Celtic post on 48 minutes but Mullen scored a superb goal soon after when he curled a shot beyond the diving Ronan Gaughran to put Glenmuir 2-1 in front.
Quay had lots of possession and searched for an equaliser but in the end they came up short and Glenmuir held on to secure the full three points.
Glenmuir United: Mark Byrne, Jay O’Hagan, Aaron Fee, Gerry Brown, Jan Petroskey, Caolan McCabe, Peter McStravick, Cian O’Donoghue, Jamie Browne, Daniel Mullen, Jason Cullen, Thomas O’Connell, Rory Phelan, Stephen Rylands.
Quay Celtic: Ronan Gaughran, Ronan Bailey, Kian McEvoy, Alan Carr, Mark Traynor, James Prendergast, Jack O’Connor, Luke Gorham, Conor Mackin, Melvin Onu, Conor Maguire, Odhran Kieran, Luke Savage, Matthew King.
Referee: Eoin Quigley.