Quay show plenty of grit to bounce back

The Quay Olympic U14 Schoolboys League team
Quay Celtic U14s bounced back from their heavy league defeat to Rock Celtic in midweek to finally overcome Portmarnock after extra time in Clancy Park on Sunday morning.

Quay Celtic U14s bounced back from their heavy league defeat to Rock Celtic in midweek to finally overcome Portmarnock after extra time in Clancy Park on Sunday morning.

The home side showed great character and commitment to stage a remarkable comeback as Portmarnock had led 0-2 at half-time and was leading 2-3 with just two minutes remaining in the game.

However the Quay Celtic players refused to accept defeat and finally came good in extra time.

The visitors went ahead after 15 minutes when Adeola Abass headed past the stranded Ronan Coburn and Stephen Mooney increased their lead on the half hour mark to make it 0-2; although Coburn got a hand to Mooney’s shot, the ball crept over the line.

It was a frustrating first-half for Quay Celtic. The nearest they came to scoring was in the 33rd minute when a James Prendergast free-kick crashed back off the crossbar and Melvin Onu somehow headed over the rebound.

The home side showed a huge improvement in the second half and finally got on the score sheet in the 44th minute with a goal from Luke Gorham who slotted home after the Portmarnock ‘keeper failed to hold a fierce shot by James Prendergast.

Ben Kapinga’s corner-kick was then headed home by the unmarked Melvin Onu to make it 2-2 but Portmarnock regained the lead with a brilliant looping header from Ross Waters to make it 2-3.

The Dublin side were content on sitting on their slender lead and were duly punished with just two minutes to go when Conor Mackin fired home a superb equaliser to send the game into extra time.

The home side seized the initiative with two goals in the first six minutes from James Prendergast and Ben Kapinga and Conor Mackin added a sixth goal in the second half of extra time to complete the scoring as the home side finished the game in style.

Quay Celtic: Ronan Coburn, Jack O’Connor, Oran Kierans, Mark Traynor, Conor Mackin, Ronan Bailey (Terence Kelly), Conor Maguire, Luke Gorham, Alan Carr (Cian McEvoy), Melvin Onu, James Prendergast, Ben Kapinga.