Quay Celtic U12s completed the double on Sunday morning with this narrow win over Rock Celtic to capture the Dundalk FC Cup and a second cup final success for the Clancy Park club over the weekend.
It was Alan Carr who scored the all important goal against Rock Celtic in Bellew Park in the 1st minute of the game.
Rock Celtic never gave up after such a terrible start and they pushed Quay all the way in an exciting 60 minutes.
The stong wind on Sunday morning had a big impact on this match, Quay had the advantage in the first and Rock in the second, nevertheless both sides tried their best to keep the ball on the surface.
Quay’s record in this age group has been impressive all season, and although they did not sparkle for periods of time in this match, they did at times show what a good side they are.
Great credit has to go to Rock Celtic because they did not come just to make up the numbers and they made Quay fight all the way to earn the cup.
Quay took the lead with just 30 seconds gone, Conor Mackin’s free kick was saved by Kerry Obwenabe but the rebound fell into the path of Alan Carr and he blasted home from close range.
Obwenabe had to be brave just four minutes later to prevent Carr adding a scond goal for Quay.
Oisin Murtaigh was unlucky for Rock Celtic in the 7th minute, a last ditch tackle from Quay Celtic defender Kian McEvoy prevented Murtaigh from getting his shot on target.
Quay dominated the majority of the first half, Conor Mackin and Alan Carr went close and Carr looked certain to score in the 22nd minute but Rock ‘keeper Kerry Obwenabe produced a magnificent save to deny Carr.
It was a different story after the break with Rock now having the advantage of the strong wind behind them and they showed what a good side they are with some terrific approach play.
Alex McCarthy’s effort in the 7th minute flew past the Quay Celtic post and six minutes later Daniel Corcoran’s hooked effort went narrowly wide.
With the league and cup double in sight, the Quay players got back in numbers to frustrate Rock Celtic. Ben Kapinga was always a threat for Quay Celtic and Oisin Meegan and Conor Neary went close for Rock but it was Quay Celtic who came out on top at the final whistle to win the cup and complete a fine season.
Quay Celtic U12: Ronan Gaughran, Kian McEvoy, Oran Kierans, Ronan Bailey, James Prendergast, Mark Traynor, Conor Mackin, Luke Gorham, Ben Kapinga, Alan Carr, Tiernan Moran, Terence Kelly, Luke Savage.
Rock Celtic U12: Kerry Obwenabe, Eoin O’Hara, Jack Barron, Patrick Craven, Oisin Megan, Dara Farrelly, Daniel Corcoran, Josh Connolly, Johnathan Kierans, Aidan Curtain, Conor Soraghan, Alex McCarthy, Pisin Murtagh, Liam O’Cahhaghan, Liam McDonnell, Niall Smyth, Conor Neary.