Bellurgan pushed all the way by Quay

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Bellurgan United beat Quay Celtic 3-1 at Clancy Park on Friday night.

Bellurgan United beat Quay Celtic 3-1 at Clancy Park on Friday night.

The peninsula side opened the scoring on 15 minutes thanks to a delightful finish from Diarmuid Murphy who calmly tucked away Jason Brennan’s incisive pass.

Bellurgan struggled to find a second goal and it was the Quay who drew level on 40 minutes when Gavin Donnelly struck a beauty after good approach play from Barry McKenna.

The second-half saw the visitors again struggle to make the breakthrough for a second goal.

However, a well worked move on 70 minutes involving Jonathan Winters and Daniel O’Connor ended with Ciaran Sheelan firing past David McKenny in the Quay goal.

The Clancy Park side almost restored parity when Niall Donnelly tested Robert Arthur from distance but the peninsula side got a lucky insurance goal when the unfortunate Gavin Donnelly steered a Brennan cross past his own goalkeeper, much to the relief of the visitors.

Bellurgan had strong claims for a penalty ignored late on when Sheelan went down under a challenge by McKenny but it was academic as Alec Bothwell’s side held on for the win.

QUAY CELTIC: David McKenny, Robbie Rafferty, Barry Kieran, Mark Casey, Shane McKenna, Niall Donnelly, Gavin Donnelly, Barry McKenna, Daniel Kerr, Michael Ololuo, Dean Sheil.

Bellurgan United: Robert Arthur, Daniel Rice, Jonathan Winters, Ciaran Casey, Keith Finnegan, Diarmuid Murphy, Jason Brennan, Daniel O’Connor, Darryn Gaynor, Damien Connor, Shane Finnegan (Ciaran Sheelan). Unused sub: Conor Brennan.