While the bitterly cold night wasn’t a surprise, the result was, as Quay Celtic earned their fourth point of the season against last season’s cup winners Muirhevnamor.
The away side were made to regret not making their first half domination count as several chances were wasted and in the end they could have easily lost the game had Quay Celtic been more lethal on the counter attack.
The opening half of this U16 Premier Division game played on Wednesday night in Clancy Park saw chances at both ends but it was Muirhevnamor who had the better of them.
Adam Shields scored on 14 minutes to put the away side 0-1 ahead but the sides were soon level when Luke McArdle slotted home for Quay and just five minutes before the break Stephen Sharkey put Muirhevnamor back in front to lead 1-2 at half time.
Muirhevnamor should have extended their lead within two minutes of the second half when Tomiwa Badun latched on to a poor clearance but his shot flew over the Quay Celtic crossbar and they would regret that miss as Derek Ani pounced on a loose ball in a crowded penalty area six minutes later and fired home a second equaliser for the home side.
Muirhevnamor had the majority of possession but they couldn’t turn their advantage into goals and got more and more frustrated as the time ticked on.
Tomiwa Badun was unlucky to see his well struck effort crash back off the bottom of the Quay post and Ira Lawlor was clean through on the Quay Celtic goals but shot straight into the grateful arms of Tiernan Crosby.
Derek Ani had a good opportunity to put Quay ahead as the home side counter attacked but his shot crept wide of the Muirhevnamor post.
The Quay Celtic ‘keeper Tiernan Crosby then took centre stage as he produced several important saves to keep the score at 2-2 as time ran out for Muirhevnamor although Quay Celtic had to work very hard to earn something from the game and in the end maybe the draw was the right result.
Quay Celtic: Tiernan Crosby, Adam Brannigan, Niall Valentine, Adam Mully, Darren Killeen, Jordan Mackin, Dylan O’Callaghan, Ronan Cunningham, Ryan Washington, Derek Ani, Luke McArdle.
Muirhevnamor: Ferghal Sheekey, Reece Shiels, Mark Gill, Alan Dunne, Cormac McCartney, Adam Shields, Stephen Sharkey, Aaron Boyle, Tomiwa Badun, James McKenna, Craig Thornton, Ira Lawlor, Leon Mulligan, Stefan McNulty.