Quay Celtic U13s completed a Fastfix League and Cup double with Saturday’s exciting victory over Bellurgan United at Bellew Park.
Team manager Cathal O’Hanlon certainly has a talented bunch of players at his disposal and this squad showed all the signs that it can go and win more honours as it moves up the age levels.
James Prendergast gave Quay a 2-0 lead going in to the last 15 minutes but they gave themselves and their supporters the jitters by conceding two goals in the final four minutes before rounding off a terrific season with a match winner by Caolan Dines in extra time.
Quay hit the ground running and put Bellurgan under a lot of pressure. Sean O’Hanlon went close in the 3rd and 10th minute and James Prendergast in the 14th minute as the Quay side dominated most of the first half hour exchanges.
Bellurgan defenders Conor Loughran and Dylan McCarthy stood firm and any stray balls over the top were efficiently dealt with by Bellurgan ‘keeper Gavin Gregory.
Prendergast was unlucky not to open the scoring in the 22nd minute but his terrific left footed shot was just inches away from the top corner.
Bellurgan’s Shane Gregory created a couple of chances early in the second half but the deadlock was broken 11 minutes after the break. The move started deep in the Quay Celtic half by Caolan Conroy, his pass found Sean O’Hanlon in space and O’Hanlon then set up James Prendergast who fired home from inside the Bellurgan penalty area.
Prendergast was through again three minutes later but Gavin Gregory produced a good save but Gregory could do nothing to prevent Prendergast scoring his second goal on 15 minutes when the Quay Celtic striker, with his back to the goal, hooked the ball over the keeper’s head.
It looked all over but back came Bellurgan and Shane Gregory set up Gearoid McArdle on 26 minutes and he beat the advancing Garion O’Hare to make it 2-1 and in the last minute Bellurgan scored a dramatic equaliser when Conor Loughran’s brilliant effort came back off the crossbar and Lee McDonald scored from close range.
Bellurgan had the better of the exchanges in the first half of extra time but Quay Celtic scored the winner four minutes into the second half when Sean O’Hanlon’s corner was headed home by Caolan Dines.
Shane Gregory’s free kick in the last minute was heading for goal but Garion O’Hare’s superb save was the last action of a very entertaining cup final.
Quay Celtic U13: Garion O’Hare, Caolan Conroy, Fergal Mulholland, Gavin Smith, Andrew Curley, Adam Hooper, Ciaran Jamison, Sean O’Hanlon, James Prendergast, Caolan Dines, Ben Kapinga, Tiernan Reilly, Luke Hazzard, Padraig Russell, Harry Monahan, Tadhg Litchfield.
Bellurgan United U13: Gavin Gregory, Stephen Gartland, Jack Murphy, Dylan McCarthy, Conor Loughran, Leonard Gray, Jason Finnegan, Tadgh O’Connor, Shane Gregory, Adam Finnegan, Gearoid McArdle, Lee McDonald, Dean Mullen, Matthew Pagni.