A goal in each half by Liam McStravick secured a vital three points for Glenmuir United when they snatched victory at the expense of Quay Celtic in a cracking U12 Premier Division game in Clancy Park on Wednesday night.
Glenmuir came out on top the last time these sides clashed back in October with a 3-1 win and now remain unbeaten and joint top with Quay Celtic but are now in the ascendency for the league title with two games less played than Quay.
The home side will probably look back and wonder where it all went wrong as they did everything right except put their chances away but Glenmuir finished stronger in this open and attacking affair, with plenty of chances for both sides.
Quay were on top early on and Mark Agnew and Aaron Mackin went close in the first 10 minutes but it was Glenmuir who opened the scoring when Liam McStravick fired past Odhran Coburn on 11 minutes. Thomas Daly thought he had equalised minutes later but Glenmuir defender Nathan Hearty somehow managed to get back and hook the ball off the goal line.
Aaron Mackin was next to try his luck but the impressive Glenmuir ‘keeper James O’Connell tipped the ball over the crossbar for a corner. At the other end Ebuka Kwelele set up Samuel Adekola but the Glenmuir striker underhit his shot and it was a comfortable save for Coburn.
The home side upped the tempo in the second half and were soon on the attack with Thomas Rice shaving the outside of the post and then beat the advancing O’Connell to the ball but Kyle Connolly had tracked back and he managed to clear the ball off the line.
Glenmuir then doubled their lead after a mix up in the Quay defence and Liam McStravick pounced to slot the ball into the empty net. The home side were stunned but they soon regained their confidence and Thomas Daly hammered home to make it 1-2.
QUAY CELTIC: Odhran Coburn, Eddy Maguire, Michael Staunton, Conor Smith, Dylan McKeown, Kyle Watters, Dylan Cahill, Thomas Rice, Aaron Mackin, Thomas Daly, Adam Lennon, Mark Agnew.
GLENMUIR UNITED: James O’Connell, Cian Mulligan, Aaron Dunlop, David Weir, Nathan Hearty, Aidan Cummins, Liam McStravick, Leon Browne, Niall O’Callaghan, Kyle Connolly, Tom Watkins, Niall Kilgallen, Jacob McHugh, Benson Chilaka, Ebuka Kwelele, Victor Ihemese, Samuel Adekola.
Referee: Stephen Fisher