Crucial Clinton strike makes it three in a row for Shamrocks

Redeemer managers Gavin Macken and Billy Smyth give their orders at half-time during the U11 Fastfix Schoolboys League game with Bay United last weekend
Shamrocks continued their climb up the U14 Premier Division table with their third win in a row after this smash and grab raid in Clancy Park on Wednesday night.

Shamrocks continued their climb up the U14 Premier Division table with their third win in a row after this smash and grab raid in Clancy Park on Wednesday night.

The home side went in to the game on the back of a great win in the National Cup away to East Meath United the previous Sunday but they were ambushed by the hard working Shamrocks side who worked overtime on the night to secure the win.

The visitors stunned their hosts 20 minutes into the first half when Rilwan Ibrahim cracked a shot off the post and James Clinton fired the rebound past the helpless Luke Savage in the Quay goal from 12 yards.

Quay had the majority of possession and began the brighter with James Prendergast hitting a thunderous effort off the crossbar in the 13th minute and four minutes later Shamrocks ‘keeper Conor Rooney produced a double save firstly to tip Conor Mackin’s rasping effort on to the bar and then he recovered quickly to catch the goal-bound rebound header by Alan Carr.

Clinton then struck before Celtic had another glorious opportunity on the half hour mark when Conor Mackin slipped a superb ball into the feet of Luke Gorham but he fired straight into the arms of the grateful Conor Rooney.

The Shamrocks ‘keeper took inspiration from his good fortune into the second half and was equal to anything the Quay could throw at him and they were unable to find a way past Rooney who produced three excellent saves from Mackin, Prendergast and Carr to make sure of the win and keep their run going.

Quay Celtic: Luke Savage, Ronan Bailey, Cian McEvoy, Mark Traynor, Rory Staunton, Melvin Onu, Conor Mackin, Luke Gorham, Alan Carr, James Prendergast, Oran Kierans, Jack O’Connor, Ben Kapinga, Conor Maguire, Terence Kelly, Tiernan Moran, Ronan Gaughran.

Shamrocks: Conor Rooney, Joseph Peters, Sean Opepyi, JJ Eze, Cian Myles, Ryan Watters, Gerard Curran, James Clinton, Dylan Owens, Luca Grennan, Rilwan Ibrahim, Elijah Adebameo, Wayne Boland, Martin Og Ryan.