Quay Olympic overcame a gusty Redeemer side by an extraordinary scoreline of 7-3 in Clancy Park on Tuesday night.
Goals, opportunities and great saves from start to finish were all packed into an entertaining 70 minutes of football.
The home side eventually ran out the victors and there can probably be little argument that they didn’t deserve the three points but they were pushed all the way by the young Redeemer side.
Redeemer’s David Jackson got the scoring underway in the 2nd minute when he scored direct from a corner-kick to shock the home side.
However their response was clinical and Matthew Walsh equalised just a minute later and they went 2-1 ahead in the 6th minute when Ciaran Black fired home after a Redeemer attack broke down and Quay quickly punished the visitors on the counter attack. Olympic goalkeeper Conor Black then produced a good save to deny Kevin McCormack after good work down the right flank by the lively Colm Bracken.
It was end to end at this early stage of the game as the home side looked to extend their lead.
Sean Quigley’s precise pass set up Michael Markey but Redeemer goalkeeper Cian Trimble produced a double save to deny Markey. The home side went 3-1 ahead in the 16th minute when Ciaran Black’s long hopeful kick deceived everyone in the Redeemer defence and bounced into the net.
Redeemer’s heads didn’t drop and Kevin McCormack put them right back into contention with a goal from the penalty spot to make it 3-2; the Redeemer player was fouled as he jinked his way into the penalty area and the referee had no choice but to award a penalty.
Redeemer got off to the perfect start in the second half when David Jackson’s clever long throw in the 2nd minute sent Colm Bracken in behind the home defence and he made no mistake to leave the sides level at 3-3.
Quay quickly recovered from their shaky start to the second half and went 4-3 ahead two minutes later when Sean Quigley beat his marker then swept a pinpoint pass to James Shevlin who slotted past the stranded Cian Trimble.
Ciaran Black increased the lead for the home side with a tap in when he was in the right place after Sean Byrne’s shot was blocked by Trimble to make it 5-3.
The home side took full control of the final 15 minutes; Ronan Sands went close before James Shevlin sealed the victory as he picked the ball up on the left wing before skipping past two tired challenges before curling home into the top corner.
The final goal was slotted home by Kevin Reilly in the closing stages.
Quay Olympic: Conor Black, Dylan Stevens, Evan Kirk, Kyle McCormack, Mark Carroll, James Shevlin, Ciaran Black, Chris Hanratty, Matthew Walsh, Sean Quigley, Michael Markey, Michael McCahill, Ronan Sands, John Hayden, Yuri Pyts, Sean Byrne, Kevin Reilly.
Redeemer: Cian Trimble, Caolan Callan, Jay McGee, Darren Matthews, Oisin McKenna, Chrislof Vailais, David Jackson, Kevin McCormack, Colm Bracken, Mide Odubanjo, Ahmed Herjez.