Rock Celtic picked up three excellent points at the MDL Grounds on Sunday when the beat Navan Cosmos 3-1 with the home side finishing the game with nine men and the Seasiders with ten.
The result keeps the Sandy Lane side in second place, four points behind leaders Woodview Celtic with a game in hand. The sides meet in what could well be a title decider at Glenmuir on Wednesday May 1.
From the outset the visitors dominated the game and they should have opened the scoring on ten minutes when Derek Delaney set up David Ward but his shot rattled an upright.
The home side responded and from a long ball forward Sean Conaty blazed over John Rogers’s crossbar.
Rock again failed to open the scoring when Ger McSorley and Ward played a one two to set up Delany six-yards from goal but he fired his strike over the crossbar.
It was then Paddy Quinn’s turn to miss. Excellent play from Delany mesmerised the Cosmos defence and when he laid the ball off to Quinn the big man failed to hit the target.
On 30 minutes - and very much against the run of play - the home side opened the scoring when Conor Walsh converted a penalty kick after Sean Watters had fouled Conaty.
Five minutes later and after Ward was fouled deep in the Cosmos penalty area a melee ensuesd that ended with the Cosmos goalkeeper and Delany both being sent off. Unfortunately for Rock, when the dust had settled, Kevin McArdle saw his penalty saved by the stand in goalkeeper.
Five minutes later the home side were reduced to nine men when their left winger picked up s second yellow card having played on after he was caught offside.
The visitors completely dominated the second half but they continued to squander excellent possession as the home side defended in numbers.
That all changed in the 58th minute though as Quinn blasted his side level when from eight-yards when he fired to the roof of the net from Ross Quigley’s super through ball.
Nine man Cosmos were struggling to hold on and midway through the half substitute Conor McDonnell threaded a beautiful pass inside the tiring Cosmos cover and Ward converted with ease.
With time almost up Ger McSorley put the icing on the cake when he netted from Quinn’s incisive pass cut open the Cosmos defence.
ROCK CELTIC: John Rogers, Ross Quigley, Cormac McArdle, David McGeough (Conor McDonnell,) Sean Watters, Paddy Reilly, Ger McSorley, Paddy Quinn, Derek Delany, David Ward, Kevin McArdle, Subs: John Sharkey, Chris Ward, Damien McCrink.