Second-half blitz sees 
Glenmuir 
extend lead

Second-half blitz sees 
Glenmuir 
extend lead
Three second-half goals from JJ Nwabueze, Kian Newell and Luke Murray saw Glenmuir United extend their lead at the top of the U13 Premier Division on Saturday.

Three second-half goals from JJ Nwabueze, Kian Newell and Luke Murray saw Glenmuir United extend their lead at the top of the U13 Premier Division on Saturday.

The league leaders were awarded a penalty kick in the 16th minute after a Rock Celtic defender tripped Obum Onourah and Jamie Browne slotted home from the spot to give his team a 1-0 lead.

The hosts applied a lot of pressure looking to add to their slight advantage but some good defending kept Rock in the game. Glenmuir did created several good chances before the break. Josh Todd set Newell up on 23 minutes but his effort was too tame to threaten Rock Celtic keeper Josh Mackin.

A minute later the impressive JJ Nwabueze shrugged off the challenge of three Rock defenders and rolled the ball out to Josh Newell but his shot was wide of the target and soon after Todd made room for himself on the outskirts of the penalty area but his final effort was just too high to trouble Mackin.

Rock Celtic’s Josh Connolly threatened in the 22nd minute but Glenmuir goalkeeper Calum McCabe was alert to the danger and won the race to the ball and McCabe produced a good save in the 27th minute to deny a fine effort from Conor Soraghan.

Rock Celtic equalised on the stroke of half-time. Jack Barron whipped in a corner kick and the ball took a wicked deflection off a Glenmuir defender for the equaliser.

The Seasiders forced two more corner kicks in the first few minutes of the second half but it was Glenmuir who then upped their game after this and Nwabueze put them back in front in the 51st minute.

Rock Celtic had a glorious opportunity to get back on level terms almost immediately when Conor Soraghan was presented with a chance inside the Glenmuir penalty area but he fired over the crossbar.

Rock would regret that missed opportunity as Glenmuir extended their lead two minutes later when Josh Todd’s cross was neatly finished by Kian Newell and the points were sealed for Glenmuir when Luke Murray’s long range effort found the top corner in the 64th minute for the goal of the game.

Glenmuir: Calum McCabe, Jay O’Hagan, David Ekperuoh, Adam Fee, Gerard Browne, Conor McGowan, Jamie Browne, JJ Nwabueze, Kian Mooney Newell, Josh Todd, Obum Onourah, Ebuka Kwelele, Luke Murray, Liam McStravick.

Rock Celtic: Josh Mackin, Finn Reilly, Richie Dunne, Conor Soraghan, Donal Leavy, Luke Hoban, Kevin Campbell, Edward Otasanya, Oran O’Hanlon, Aaron McQuillan, Josh Connolly, James McNamara, Jack Barron.