A GOAL in each half from Adam Hooper helped Quay Celtic win all three points over Glenmuir United on Sunday morning in Clancy Park in the final U14 Premier Division game but it was still wasn’t enough to prevent the Blues from winning the league as they had a four point lead going into this game.
Quay were left to regret a lost opportunity when they suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Rock Celtic in early April which had a major impact on the final outcome of the destination of the league title, but full credit to Glenmuir United who seized the opportunity to land the league title.
Quay Celtic broke the deadlock in this game on 10 minutes. Mark Byrne’s kick out was headed back by Ciaran Jameson into the path of Adam Hooper and he hit a snapshot that flew into the top of the Glenmuir net.
Glenmuir began to come into the game after this setback as they looked to get the ball up to top scorer Aziz Ogunfowora and the striker duly obliged in the 17th minute when he managed to shake off the challenge of Conor McGailey to slot the ball under the advancing Garion O’Hare to level the game at 1-1.
Quay nearly got back in front in the 22nd minute when Sean O’Hanlon won the ball in midfield for Quay and played a neat ball into the path of Adam Hooper who tried to find the far corner but Glenmuir ‘keeper Mark Byrne produced a superb save with his feet to deny Hooper this time.
Glenmuir had the advantage of the strong wind in the second half and an early attack led to an opening for Ogunfowora but the Glenmuir’s striker’s effort went inches wide of the goals.
Quay Celtic weren’t just prepared to lie down and let Glenmuir win the final league match of the season on their turf and they went 2-1 ahead six minutes into the second half when Caolan Dines picked the ball up on the left and drove at the Glenmuir defence before firing in a shot that Mark Byrne could only punch away and Adam Hooper reacted the quickest to head home.
Hooper was denied a hat-trick in the 12th minute when Mark Byrne dived full length to tip the ball around the post. Glenmuir threw everything forward as they looked for a way back into the game and although they had lots of possession they couldn’t find a way past a determined Quay Celtic defence and the home side held on for the win but it was Glenmuir who were presented with the league trophy after the game with just one point separating the teams at the end.
QUAY CELTIC: Garion O’Hare, Caolan Curley, Andrew Curley, Conor McGailey, Padraig Russell, Ciaran Jameson, Sean O’Hanlon, Gavin Smith, Caolan Dines, Adam Hooper, James Prendergast, Tiernan Reilly, Luke Hazzard, Ferghal Mulholland, Ben Kapinga.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Ciaran McShane, Emmanuel Keenan, Edgar Ebinis, Niall Carragher, Oisin McGuinness, Chad McEneaney, Dean Connolly, Aziz Ogunfowora, Ronan Murphy, Gavin Markey, Adam Finnegan, Aaron Matthews.