Quay Celtic moved off the bottom of Division One as they picked up their first league win of the season against Dromin United at Clancy Park on Friday evening.
In an evenly balanced first half, it was the home side who opened brightly and they spurned the best chance of the opening stages when Dean Sheil was put through by Sean Matthews but the striker’s first touch let him down, forcing him away from his intended target and the chance was lost.
Donal Greene’s words of wisdom at the break had the desired effect as Quay took the lead after 55 minutes.
A superb through ball from Paddy Cotter picked out Robbie Gavigan’s blindside run behind the visitors defence and he calmly rounded the advancing goalkeeper to roll the ball into the empty net.
Dromin, under the stewardship of former Dundalk FC stalwart John Flanagan, upped their game in an attempt to restore parity but the Point Road men, with Jonathan Winters and Denis Cholach providing excellent cover, closed up shop to preserve their precious lead.
They still had to survive a late scare though as Michael McDonnell popped up to make a brilliant goal line clearance to keep the home side’s lead intact and ensure their first three points of the new season were safely in the bag.
Greene’s side have another opportunity to move up the table when they hit the road to face fellow strugglers Navan Town, who also have three points, on Sunday morning at 11.15am.
Quay Celtic: Berraat Turker, Liam McKenny, Dennis Cholach, Michael McDonnell, Sean Matthews, Jonathan Winters, Paddy Cotter, Robbie Gavigan (Conal Cooney), Gavin Donnelly (Vinnie Smith), Dean Sheil (Adam McKenna), Niall Ferguson.