Glenmuir United’s U12 team climbed up to 5th place in the Premier Division by virtue of this 2-1 win over Bay United at Glenmuir Park on Thursday night.
They had to hang on in the closing stages as Bay United piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser, but they did so and Bay’s title hopes took a severe dent as a result.
The visitors began the brighter but they were rocked back on their heels when Conor McGowan put Glenmuir in the lead in the 9th minute.
Bay United had their chances in the first half to get back on level terms. Ope Stephens got in behind the Glenmuir defence but stroked the ball straight into the arms of Glenmuir ‘keeper Aaron Dunlop for a comfortable save.
William Opuko was next to threaten for Bay when he cut in from the right side and fired in a low effort that smashed into the side netting and Ope Stephens was in the thick of the action again just before the half time whistle with a shot that flew inches wide of the Glenmuir post.
Liam McStravick came agonisingly close to netting a second goal for Glenmuir after he shrugged off the challenge of two Bay defenders but his fierce shot struck the outside of the Bay United post.
By now it was constant pressure from the home side as Bay were pinned back inside their own half, and the pressure paid off with a second goal when Luke Murray’s cross found the unmarked Kian Mooney who fired past the stranded David Odumosu.
The Bay United goalkeeper was called into action once more as Mooney drove a low shot which took a vicious deflection off a defender which almost wrong footed the goalkeeper.
The pressure then came from the Bay United team and they laid siege in the Glenmuir half for the remainder of the game and were rewarded for their relentless attacking play with 11 minutes left when Ope Stephens scored from close range to make it 2-1.
The chances continued to come thick and fast for Bay right up until the final whistle but there was no way past Aaron Dunlop and all three points went to the home side.
Glenmuir United: Aaron Dunlop, Jay O’Hagan, Kyle Rafferty, Calum McCabe, Gerard Browne, Reece O’Hanlon, Jamie Browne, Connor McGowan, Kian Mooney, Luke Murray, Liam McStravick, Tom Watkins, Colm Bellew.
Bay United: David Odumosu, Dami Abagun, Jack McGrory, Ben Goss, Conor Brennan, Alan Jones, Ahmed Signe, Idris Odobun, William Opuko, Paddy O’Callaghan, Michael Begley, Sean Hill, Ope Stephens, Shane Tobin, Sean Flanagan.