U14 Premier Division
Quay Celtic 5-0 Bellurgan United
Quay Celtic went top of the U14 Premier Division on Thursday night with 5-0 victory over Bellurgan United at a bitterly cold Clancy Park.
The three-points earned by Quay extended their unbeaten run after six games with 16 points enabling them to leap-frog over Rock Celtic who had amassed 15 points from their opening five outings.
Despite the conditions, there was a sharpness to the movements of the Quay players who were all fighting for places in the starting line-up ahead of Sunday’s big U14 National Cup tie with Clonee FC - a place in the last 32 awaiting the winners.
Quay were in control from the initial stages as they got their passing game in motion with Conor Devlin going close after four-minutes after a good move involving Nathan Quinn and Scott Hearty.
It was Hearty who fired home the first goal from the edge of the penalty area with a superb left-footed strike in the ninth minute and it was 2-0 on 17 minutes when Sam Malone’s precise corner-kick was headed home by Devlin.
The Bellurgan defence worked overtime as they tried to contain the flowing attacks from the home side and the visitors almost reduced the deficit on 29 minutes when a stinging low drive from Alex Gregory forced a fine save from the hands of Daniel Shields.
Six-minutes later, on the stroke of half-time, it was 3-0 as another fine pitch-length move concluded with an assured finish from Kieran McArdle.
Quay continued to do all the pressing in the second-period and a powerful strike by Conaill Savage made it 4-0 after four-minutes.
Bellurgan, to their credit, rallied and Adam Roddy was unlucky to see his well-struck effort bounce off the top of the Quay crossbar.
The home side dominated the remainder of the game and added a fifth goal when Jack Watters beat his marker with a good turn of pace before crossing to the unmarked Cathal Bradley to head past Bellurgan ‘keeper Shane Rogan.
Quay Celtic: Daniel Shields, Nathan Quinn, Sam Malone, Morgan Tobin, Conall O’Callaghan, Tiernan Cassidy, Jack McArdle, Conaill Savage, Conor Devlin, Cathal Bradley, Scott Hearty, Jack Watters, Kieran McArdle, Evan Wynne
Bellurgan Utd: Shane Rogan, Conall Donnelly, Ronan McMullen, Caoimhe O’Neill, Ronan McDonnell, Dáire McDaid, Seán O’Kane, Nathan Mills, Adam Roddy, Conor McGuinness, Alex Gregory, Eoin O’Hagan, Donal McGuinness
Referee: Paul Malone