A Craig Lennon strike in the 19th minute was enough to give Glenmuir Celtic a narrow win over St Dominic’s in a hard earned victory at Glenmuir Park on Thursday night.
St Dominic’s had the majority of possession but were not clinical enough in front of goals to make the possession count and went home empty handed.
The game was evenly matched for long periods in the first half with defences on top which led to very few chances for both sides.
Glenmuir ‘keeper David Hayes produced a terrific reflex save on 12 minutes to deny Michael Markey’s point blank effort from giving St Dominic’s the lead while at the other end Jack McKenna’s snap shot struck the Dominic’s post after neat play by James McQuillan.
Craig Lennon then set up Jamie Farrell but his effort was easily saved by Ciaran McGlynn.
Lennon broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when he won the ball in the St Dominic’s half and went on to calmly stroke the ball past Ciaran McGlynn to put Glenmuir Celtic 1-0 ahead.
The home team were unlucky not to double their advantage on 26 minutes when Lennon fired in another fine effort but St Dominic’s centre back Ultan McEneaney somehow managed to clear the ball off the line.
The away side upped the tempo after the break in their search for an equaliser. Darren Geoghean’s deep cross from the end line beat the entire Glenmuir defence and landed nicely for Sean McCaughey but his shot went inches wide of the Glenmuir post.
Andrew Connolly and Ciaran Lennon were both denied by Glenmuir ‘keeper David Hayes and at the other end Glenmuir nearly doubled their advantage but St Dominic’s ‘keeper Ciaran McGlynn produced another brilliant reflex save to deny Niall Cranny from scoring on a rare counter-attack.
St Dominic’s dominated the closing stages and forced several corners and were unlucky not to draw level on several occasions but it was Craig Lennon’s first half goal that separated the sides at the end.
Glenmuir Celtic: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Conor McGahon, Conor Dunn, Kieran McMahon, James McQuillan, Daniel Matthews, Jack McKenna, Ryan Coburn, Niall Jackson, Niall Cranny, Craig Lennon, Ginto Mazrimas, Jamie Farrell, Oisin Callan.
St Dominic’s: Ciaran McGlynn, Oisin Conroy, Kieran Murtagh, Fintan Brady, Ultan McEneaney, Sean McCaughey, Darren Geoghean, Morgan McCaughey, Michael Markey, Conor Keenan, Bryan Knipe, Jack Duffy, Craig Murtagh, Andrew Connolly, Ciaran Lennon.