Zlokapa’s winner has Quay on the rise after Square victory

Paul Mallon of Muirhevnamor evades Rock Celtic's Des McKeown during Saturdaay afternoon's MDL Premier Reserve clash
Quay Celtic picked up their third win of the season and leapt up to 6th place in the Division One table with a 2-1 victory over Square United in Ardee on Sunday.

Quay Celtic picked up their third win of the season and leapt up to 6th place in the Division One table with a 2-1 victory over Square United in Ardee on Sunday.

Jim McLaughlin’s men failed to take a number of clear opportunities in the first-half when Dell Minogue was through on two occasions with only Berraat Turker to beat but failed to take full advantage.

Brian Corcoran was also guilty of a missing a great opportunity when he attempted to chip the goalkeeper when perhaps power would have been a much better option.

After a frantic opening 20 minutes, the Point Road men began to dominate play with some excellent passing moves and great possession play which put the home side on the back foot.

And this dominance was rewarded with a deserved opener on 68 minutes for the travelling Dundalk outfit when man of the match Robbie Gavaghan coolly slotted past the goalkeeper after great work from Paddy Connor to set him up.

Five minutes later they increased their advantage when a delivery into the Square penalty area wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Stefan Zlokapa pounced to deftly chip the ball to the back of the net.

To their credit, the home side refused to throw in the towel as they strived to get something from the game and James Clarke went close with a long range effort while Dean McLaughlin grazed an upright with a header.

They did manage to pull a goal back with 15 minutes remaining but it was the Clancy Park side who held on to claim a very important victory.

Attention for their boss Donal Greene now turns to another equally important game when they take on OMP this Thursday night, looking to put a run of results together as they look to get back among the promotion chasers in Division One.

SQUARE UNITED: Paric Malone, Jamie Rooney, Paudie Clarke, Martin Duffy, Feargal Diamond, Kian Moran, James Clarke, Brian Corcoran, Darren Henry, Dean McLaughlin (Colm McCourt), Dell Minogue (Shane Corrigan).

QUAY CELTIC: Berraat Turker, Vinny Smith, Micheal McDonnell, Liam McKenny, Sean Mathews, Conall McArdle (Daniel Kerr), Robbie Gavaghan, Jonny Winters, Paddy Connor, Stefan Zlokapa, Gavin Donnelly.

REFEREE: T Blanche.