A dreadful opening 25 minutes proved to be Bay United’s downfall in their Saturday morning Under 13 Premier division game as they fell three goals behind to a rampant Quay Celtic side at the Rock Road pitch.
It was the away side’s first game of the season and they were keen to lay down a marker, they looked the hungrier side from early on and they refused to allow Bay to settle.
Quay Celtic created their first chance on seven minutes when Sean Jones picked out Terence Kelly who timed his run to perfection but Kelly’s final effort flashed wide of the post.
The away side were 0-1 ahead just two minutes later when Ronan Sands threaded a pass into the path of Dylan McKeown who slotted past the stranded David Odumosu. Shields and Jones were bossing from midfield for Quay and in the 11th minute Jones looked certain to score when he easily drifted past two defenders but Odumosu produced a good save to deny the Celtic midfielder and it was another let off for Bay two minutes later when a superb pass from Sands put Thomas Daly in the clear and although his shot beat the advancing Odumosu the ball crept wide of the post.
The home side were struggling to keep possession as Quay pressed them quickly and gave them no time to settle and they leaked a second goal in the 15th minute when Terence Kelly fired across Odumosu into the far corner from a difficult angle.
Bay’s first real threat came in the 23rd minute when Michael Begley’s well struck free kick was well saved by Joseph Mee and the Quay Celtic ‘keeper’s quick release of the ball found Daly at the other end of the pitch and he calmly slotted home Quay Celtic’s third.
United received a lifeline two minutes later when a corner kick by Ben Goss bounced through a crowd of Quay Celtic defenders and Ope Stephens accepted the gift to finish from six yards out but the first half belonged to Quay Celtic although their misses nearly cost them in the second half as Bay turned in a much better performance.
A long range effort from Joseph Osobe seven minutes after the break made it 2-3, Tom Jackson then linked up with William Opuko but he delayed too long and the chance was gone as Bay threatened to equalise.
A tremendous strike from Thomas Daly from outside the box in the 47th minute made it 2-4 for Quay and it looked all over but Bay refused to lie down and Sean Hill’s pass was hammered home by William Opuko to make it 3-4. That was the final goal of the game but both sides deserve great credit for serving up an exciting attacking game of football.
Bay United: David Odumosu, Tom Jackson, Sean Flanagan, Ben Goss, Shane Tobin, Ahmed Oloran, Dami Abagun, Ope Stephens, Paddy O’Callaghan, William Opuko, Jack McGrory, Sean Hill, Alan Jones, Conor Brennan, Ben Hughes, Joseph Osobe, Michael Begley.
Quay Celtic: Joseph Mee, Mark Lee, Josh Reilly, Cian McEvoy, Mark Traynor, Ronan Sands, Dylan McKeown, Sean Jones, Terence Kelly, Thomas Daly, Lee Byrne, Kieran Peelo, Sean McArdle, Adam Lennon.