NEFL Division Two
Redeemer Celtic 1-0 Bay FC
Kevin McCormack landed what could be a crucial blow in the Division Two title race as Redeemer Celtic ground out a 1-0 victory over town rivals Bay FC at Noel Gorman Park on Sunday afternoon.
While only Redeemer’s second league game, and Bay’s third, with the short, one-round season, the head-to-head clashes of the contenders may well be what decides the title’s destination.
It always looked like an affair which would be settled by whoever made the breakthrough and that was how it turned out as, with less than 10 minutes to play, McCormack ran down the left wing before cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and lashing spectacularly into the top corner, giving Kevin Mullen, the Bay ‘keeper, no chance of stopping it.
A firey, if not a dirty, contest, the yellow card count reached double figures before the finish.
Both sides had opportunities to go in front in the first half. Dean McConnell struck an effort into the side-netting for Redeemer, while the prolific Quadri Olowo's goalward attempt was gathered comfortably by Kyle Murphy.
There were also penalty claims apiece, though the official waved them away.
For all intents and purposes, the tie looked to be petering towards a scoreless draw, an outcome which would have sent Bay to the top of the table. However, McCormack stepped up to dramatically ensure the points remained in Cox’s Demesne.
Redeemer Celtic: Kyle Murphy; Andy McDermott, Conor Brennan, Niall Kelly, Stephen Smith; Caolan Carroll, Thomas Conway, Ronan Mulholland, Dean McConnell; Barry O’Hare, Kevin McCormack
Subs: Jamie O’Hare, Paul Gartland, Cain Bromley, Ryan Carroll, Cillian Rice
Bay FC: Kevin Mullen; Brian McCloskey, Angelo Stanley, Pairic Browne, Stephen McGuinness; Shaun O’Connor, Johnny Winters, Anto McLaughlin, Kevin Scollon; Gavin Donnelly, Quadri Olowu
Subs: Gavin Toner, Robbie Rafferty, Victor Galan