Bellurgan United lifted the Eamon Mulvenna Cup on Sunday night in the U16 Cup final after their extra time win over Quay Celtic as they landed their second piece of silverware of the season to complete the league and cup double.
It was a thrilling encounter watched by a large crowd who were treated to an entertaining game with Bellurgan captain Matthew Lines heading home the winning goal deep into extra time.
Bellurgan ‘keeper Rory Duffy produced a terrific save as early as the first minute of the game when he managed to fingertip Sean Murphy’s goal bound header around the post.
Bellurgan opened the scoring in the fifth minute: Killian Dempsey’s shot was saved by Garrion O’Hare but Conor Kenny bundled home the rebound from close range and Cian Duffy nearly doubled their advantage minutes later when he crashed a long range effort off the top of the Quay Celtic crossbar.
Quay deservedly equalised in the 31st minute when Killian Staunton’s pass found Vinny Smith who fired a shot off the post but the rebound fell kindly to Smith who slotted home to level the scores at 1-1.
Quay Celtic then went 2-1 in front early in the second half when Danny O’Brien’s superb free kick found the bottom corner of the Bellurgan net. The sides were level again on the hour mark when Shane Gregory let fly from outside the Quay penalty area to find the top corner of the net.
Both sides created chances in extra time, Killian Staunton went close for Quay and at the other end Aaron Devlin’s shot was well saved by O’Hare but the dreaded penalty shoot-out was avoided when Devlin’s corner kick was headed home by Matthew Lines in a crowded penalty area and spark jubilant scenes with the Bellurgan supporters.
BELLURGAN: Rory Duffy, Sean Hayes, Jason Woods, Matthew Lines, Thomas McGuinness, Cian McDonald, Killian Dempsey, Cian Duffy, Chris McGuinness, Conor Kenny, Shane Gregory, Aaron Devlin, Aaron McParland, Adam Finnegan.
QUAY CELTIC: Garrion O’Hare, Conor McGailey, Gavin Smith, Conor Morgan, Conor Conroy, Sean Murphy, Danny O’Brien, Jack McGailey, Killian Staunton, Vinny Smith, Aaron Kelly, Caoibhin Leonard.
REFEREE: Denis Dullaghan.