Muirhevnamor needed to win this U17 game to have any real chance of catching league leaders Shamrocks but were held to a 2-2 draw from a determined Quay Celtic team in Clancy Park on Saturday afternoon.
The draw between these two Dundalk rivals meant that Muirhevnamor had probably blown their shot at the title in what was for them a must win game.
Quay Celtic were 2-0 ahead at half time but made the mistake of sitting on that lead into the second half and like Trappatoni’s team last week they allowed their opponents back into the game but they did create chances in the closing stages and should have taken all three points and were denied a home victory.
Sean Matthews opened the scoring for Quay Celtic in the eight minute with a superb left footed strike from the edge of the Muirhevnamor penalty area and Sean Maguire doubled the advantage six minutes later with another strike from outside the penalty area to put Quay 2-0 ahead.
This was a good spell for the home side and Barry Carr was unlucky not to increase their lead when he burst past two defenders but stroked his shot wide of the Muirhevnamor goals.
Muirhevnamor were second best all through the first half and their first real attempt on the Quay Celtic goals was in the 24th minute when Jamie McDonagh went close and the same player produced a double save from Quay Celtic ‘keeper Mark White two minutes later.
Quay Celtic finished the first half on top and Sean Matthews fired in a low effort just before the break but Ferghal Sheekey did well to push away for a corner.
Muirhevnamor were much better in the second half and pressed at every opportunity. Quay Celtic proceeded to drop further and further into a defensive role, inviting an eager Muirhevnamor team to attack, an invitation which was not refused.
Gino Cooney poked home inside the box in the 10th minute after good work from Brian Ronan and the sides were level at 2-2 on 16 minutes when Jamie McDonagh let fly from a long way out to score a brilliant equaliser.
Both sides were now searching for a winner and Quay Celtic were very unlucky not to achieve that in the closing stages. Sean Matthews spotted Niall Craven’s timely overlap and threaded the ball into Craven’s path but his shot went inches wide of the post.
Elliot Gray then got in behind the Muirhevnamor defence three minutes from time but Sheekey produced another good save to deny Elliot from getting the winner.
Quay Celtic: Mark white, Niall Craven, Jason Lynch, Jordan Donegan, Stephen Callan, Brian O’Hagan, Sean Matthews, Sean Maguire, Barry Carr, Elliot Gray, David Durnin, Stephen Bellew.
Muirhevnamor: Ferghal Sheekey, Aaron Finnegan, Kaylon Omealia, Dylan Hayes, Leon Mulligan, Brian Ronan, Tiernan Laverty, Jamie McDonagh, Stefan Cooney, Frank Osadebe, James O’Connor, Gino Cooney, Fuade Ola, Shedgim Adaymi, Eddie Chvuinicks.