Quay Celtic U11s had to win this game with Glenmuir United on Saturday morning in order to force a play-off for a chance to win the Premier Division title and the team responded to the challenge to deservedly deliver all three points. Quay will now meet New Generation in the play off decider on Saturday.
Quay got off the best possible start when, after a neat passing move, Thomas Daly slotted home to put his team 1-0 ahead.
The home side had the majority of possession and Mark Agnew was unlucky not to increase their lead when he fired over after great play from Kyle Watters but the sides were level three minutes into the second half when Liam McStravick’s free kick found the net.
Quay quickly recovered from the setback and Aaron Mackin and Mark Agnew went close and they went back in front 11 minutes into the second half when Adam Lennon tucked the ball home from eight yards.
Glenmuir were very unlucky not to equalise in the 24th minute when Samuel Adehola’s corner kick found the unmarked Liam McStravick but his header struck the Quay Celtic post for a major let off for the home side.
Quay had to step it up to another level and they responded in a positive way and put the game beyond Glenmuir after another neat build up when Kyle Watters set up Aaron Mackin who beat his marker and picked his spot to score a third goal to ensure all three points for the Point Road outfit.
QUAY CELTIC: Odhran Coburn, Dylan Cotter, Conor Smith, Eddie Maguire, Michael Staunton, Dylan McKeown, Thomas Daly, Aaron Mackin, Mark Agnew, Kyle Watters, Calum Quigley, Liam McGrath, Adam Lennon.
GLENMUIR UNITED: James O’Connell, Cian Mulligan, Aaron Dunlop, Nathan Hearty, David Weir, Liam McStravick, Leon Browne, Niall Kilgallen, Andrew Cummins, Cormac Ryan, Tom Watkins, Samuel Adehola, Jacob McHugh.
Caoimhin keeps title flame burning
Caoimhin Leonard fired home a decisive winning free kick in the final minute to clinch all three points for Glenmuir United and keep their hopes alive of winning the U15 Premier Division title.
Bellurgan started the brighter and a Matthew Lines goal in the 12th gave them a one nil lead.
Glenmuir struggled to penetrate the hard working Bellurgan defence in the first half but in the first minute of the second half the sides were level when straight from the kick off Christopher Sweeney jinked his way past several defenders and slammed the ball home for the equaliser.
Glenmuir made several changes and piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes in search of a winner and they got their reward in the final minute when Leonard’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area went through the wall and flew into the Bellurgan net for the winner.
Bellurgan gave their hosts a late scare in injury time when Cathal Quinn set up Michael Carron but his final effort trickled wide of the Glenmuir post.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Chinedu Osadebe, Mark Byrne, Killian Kempes, Ryan Smith, Shane Breen, Conor Conroy, Usna Kelleher, Christopher Sweeney, Liam Lynch, John Culleton, Cillian Cunningham, Brendan Shiels, Ciaran Carter, Michael Mullen, Caoimhin Leonard, Paul McCrave.
BELLURGAN: Rory Duffy, Jason Woods, Jamie McEvoy, Cian Duffy, Thomas McGuinness, Sean McEvoy, Michael Carron, Aaron McParland, Cian McDonald, Matthew Lines, Dean Bourton, Cathal Quinn, Eoin Byrne, Anthony Donnelly.