A first-half blitz saw Bellurgan United move into third place thanks to this excellent win on the road against MDL Challenge Cup holders Newfoundwell on Sunday morning.
The peninsula side took the game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle and on six minutes Nigel Stanley powered home a header from Shane Finnegan’s pinpoint corner kick.
Within five minutes Bellurgan went two up when Aoghan McGuinness waltzed past three defenders before crossing a great ball to Darryn Gaynor and it was his turn to power a header to the back of the net.
Alex Bothwell’s side continued to play with power and passion and they added a third goal when Ciaran Sheelan and Keith Finnegan linked up on the right wing for Gaynor to notch up his second goal of the game.
Bellurgan had Newfoundwell chasing shadows throughout and the game was over as a contest before half-time when Stanley headed his second goal of the game after corner kick expert Finnegan picked him out in a crowded penalty area yet again.
The second half saw the visitors control the game with considerable ease and Robert Arthur was called upon only once to make a single save of note after Ciaran Casey and Darren Marks had got their wires crossed to give the home centre forward a rare sighting of goal.
Bellurgan United: Robert Arthur, Aoghan McGuinness, Damien Connor (Darren Marks), Ciaran Casey, Nigel Stanley, Brian White, Ciaran Rogan (Donal O’Connor), Keith Finnegan (Stephen Finnegan), Shane Finnegan, Darryn Gaynor, Ciaran Sheelan.
SQUARE STILL WAITING FOR WIN
Square United still await their first win of the season after this 2-0 defeat at home to Abbey Celtic.
Jim McLaughlin’s side started the game in determined mood and they were desperately unlucky not to break the deadlock when Alan Kirk’s superb free-kick almost broke the crossbar while Andrew Egan also hit the woodwork.
Abbey grabbed the first goal of the game very much against the run of play when Craig O’Connor netted from a long clearance
The second-half saw the mid-Louth side force the pace once again however with 10 minutes to go Dusty Fitzpatrick converted a penalty kick that was awarded much to the consternation of the Square camp to secure the win.
Square: Vinnie Clinton, Darren Henry, Martin Duffy, Fergal Diamond, Alan Mackin, Jake Stewart (Derek Minogue), Kian Moran (Cathal Corrigan), Robbie Callaghan (Dean McLaughlin), Carl Cochrane, Alan Kirk, Andrew Egan.