Killer Quinn breaks Quay’s hearts with Cup final clincher

Phelim McGee (left), brother of the late Martin 'Buster' McGee and Dundalk Schoolboys League chairman Gerry Gover (right) presenting the U15 Martin McGee Cup to Bellurgan captain Adam Finnegan
Joe Quinn was the hero for Bellurgan on Saturday afternoon as the substitute netted the only goal of this tense Martin ‘Buster’ McGee Cup final at Bellew Park.

Joe Quinn was the hero for Bellurgan on Saturday afternoon as the substitute netted the only goal of this tense Martin ‘Buster’ McGee Cup final at Bellew Park.

There was little to separate these sides in a very tight and keenly contested Cup final in a game that only came to life in extra time.

Neither ‘keeper was tested in the 70 minutes of play, although Sean O’Hanlon curled a shot narrowly wide for Quay early in the game and Man of the Match Joe Dunne was a constant threat for Bellurgan.

The game finally came to life in extra time, Quay Celtic created three chances in the second period, in the first minute Gavin Smith slipped a pass into Sean O’Hanlon but his effort produced a good save from ‘keeper Lee McDonald.

Shane Byrne then set up Ciaran Jamison but the Quay Celtic player’s rushed effort landed safely in the hands of McDonald and shortly after a well struck free kick by O’Hanlon was well saved.

Quay looked the more likely to score in the closing stages but Bellurgan then introduced several changes with an almost immediate effect, Conor Loughran won the ball in the middle and sprinted towards goal before chipping over a neat cross to Matthew Pagne, Garion O’Hare did brilliantly to smother Pagne’s shot but the rebound fell to Joe Quinn who slotted the ball home.

It was a cruel blow to Quay Celtic, who deserved at least another go at a penalty shoot-out, but this was the one time in the game that a clear-cut chance came about and Quinn was only too happy to take it.

BELLURGAN: Lee McDonald, Jack Murphy, Tadgh O’Connor, Dylan McCarthy, Brian Quinn, Adam Finnegan, Joe Dunne, Steven Gartland, Matthew Pagne, Aaron Devlin, Coran Lyndsay, Ronan Woods, Jason Finnegan, Conor Loughran, Leonard Grey, Dominic Ferris, Gearoid McArdle, Joe Quinn.

QUAY CELTIC: Garion O’Hare, Tiernan Reilly, Fergal Mulholland, Conor McGailey, Andrew Curley, Gavin Smith, Sean O’Hanlon, Ciaran Jamison, Shane Byrne, James Prendergast, Lee Kavanagh, Caolan Conroy, Luke Hazzard, Padraig Russell.