Rock Celtic travelled to the Meath and District Grounds to play the in-form Navan Cosmos in the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup and David Hoey’s side secured their place in the next round with a 4-2 win.
The home side got off to a fantastic start, opening the scoring with what must be one of the quickest goals in MDL history when Mark McCabe headed past John Rogers after less than 10 seconds.
It took the visitors a few minutes to react to the setback but they regained their composure and went on to force the Cosmos on the back foot. David Ward was desperately unlucky not to draw his side level after some great work from Paddy Quinn but the striker miscued just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Derek Delany then fired narrowly wide from a scoring position with Quinn seeing a terrific long distance effort zip narrowly wide with the Cosmos goalkeeper rooted to his line.
The Seasiders eventually made their dominance pay on the half hour when Gerry McSorley left a number of defenders in his wake before unleashing a rocket that was parried back into his path by the Cosmos keeper and the Rock man gobbled up the second opportunity.
Two minutes into the second-half and Rock went 2-1 up. Again, man of the match McSorley was involved as he teamed up with Delany and his incisive delivery created the opportunity for Michael Osobe to score from close range.
Rock were bossing the game at this stage and it was no surprise when Delany added a third goal after the Navan goalkeeper was unable to hold yet another McSorley pile-driver.
Cosmos pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left to play. Rogers appeared to have an in-swinging delivery covered but substitute David McGeough got a touch to deflect the ball past the stranded net-minder and give the home side a glimmer of hope.
Hoey’s side had the final word though when McSorley put the tie beyond doubt as he finished off a great move with style.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Mark McGeown, Paddy Reilly, Aiden Sheekey, Cormac McArdle (David McGeough), Gerard McSorley, Paddy Quinn, Kevin McArdle, Michael Osobe, (Gary Lennon), Derek Delany (Kurt Murphy), David Ward.