Samuel Babaloa sealed a superb victory in the closing stages of this game with a terrific second goal giving second place Glenmuir United all three points over a battling Quay Celtic in this exciting U11 Premier Division clash in Clancy Park on Saturday morning.
Quay Celtic pressed early in the game and forced several corners in the opening minutes but following some neat attacking football it was Glenmuir who created the first real goal scoring opportunity on seven minutes when Harry Graham threaded a superb ball into the path of Barry Kehoe but his shot went inches wide of the Quay Celtic post.
The home side also produced some very neat attacking play and probably should have taken the lead in the 11th minute when Mide timed his run to perfection from Craig Gray’s defence splitting pass but Glenmuir ‘keeper Joshua Ekperuoh was alert to the danger and raced off his line to produce a point blank save from Mide’s shot on goal.
The heavy rain had no effect on the players as both sides attacked at every opportunity.
Harry Graham burst through the middle of the Quay defence in the 21st minute and powered in a shot that was deflected away for a corner off Quay Celtic ‘keeper Alan O’Reilly and at the other end Mide went close again after he jinked his way past two Glenmuir defenders.
It was more of the same in the second-half with both sides creating chances. Barry Kehoe and Benas Lukosevicius went close for Glenmuir and Daniel Nordone nearly scored for Quay but his effort was cleared off the line by the alert Glenmuir defender Jesse Nwabueze.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 16th minute of the second-half when a Harry Graham crossfield ball found its way to Benas Lukosevicius and with a clinical piece of finishing he drilled a superb right footed shot across Alan O’Reilly into the right hand corner of the net giving Glenmuir a 0-1 lead.
Samuel Babaloa nearly doubled Glenmuir’s advantage six minutes later but his free-kick came back off the top of the Quay Celtic crossbar.
The home side went close to leveling the game when Jack Mulroy rolled a free-kick just outside the Glenmuir penalty area into the path of Oisin Monaghan but his well struck shot shaved the outside of the Glenmuir post.
With just two minutes remaining a counter-attack from the away side saw the Quay Celtic defence stretched and Samuel Babaloa smashed a superb shot home to the roof of the net giving Alan O’Reilly no chance to secure the three points for Glenmuir.
Quay Celtic: Alan O’Reilly, Oisin Breen, Sean Cunningham, Craig Gray, Adam McSkaine, Mide, Oisin Monaghan, Liam Corbett, Daniel Nordone, Jack Mulroy, Callum Smith, Leon Duffy, Tiernan Watters, Jack McNamara, Darragh Toner, Elliot Guest.
Glenmuir United: Joshua Ekperuoh, Jesse Nwabueze, Emmanuel Adeboyega, Leslie Eghagne, Maiyo Animasahun, Jimmy Farrelly, Samuel Babaloa, Barry Keogh, Harry Graham, Nathan Kirk, Benas Lukosevicius.