Ryan Dillon hit a hat-trick as Muirhevnamor moved into fourth place in the MDL Integral Fitness Premier Division table with a 5-2 victory over relegated Quay Celtic at a rain lashed Clancy Park on Thursday night.
The visitors began positively and thought they had opened the scoring after 10 minutes through Brendan Hughes only to see the goal chalked off for a puzzling offside decision.
The home side’s relief was short lived, however, and soon after, former Quay player Thomas McShane knocked the ball home in a crowded penalty area.
Quay worked hard to get into the game and they went close from a Robbie Gavigan effort that drew a fine save from Michael Cooney. On the half hour mark the visitors went 2-0 up when Dillon grabbed the first goal of his hat-trick when he was set up by Gary Clarke’s cut back from the byline.
Once again the home side responded well and Daniel Kerr created space wide on the left before cutting in and hammering the ball low and hard past Cooney to the bottom corner.
With half-time fast approaching the visitors restored their two goal cushion when Dillon found the target again, calmly finishing off Philip Duffy’s incisive pass.
The second-half lacked the intensity of the first but Dillon grabbed his third midway through the half. Excellent play from the ever threatening Hughes saw him carve open the Quay defence, allowing Dillon to take full advantage and guide the ball past Seamus Quigley from a tight angle and make it 4-1.
Sean Dixon’s side almost added another goal minutes later when a sublime 35-yard volley from Michael Murphy rattled Quigley’s left hand upright with the goalkeeper at full stretch.
Quay Celtic - with the energetic Barry McKenna working his socks off - refused to throw in the towel but Muirhevnamor pulled further in front when Gary Clarke added a further goal to make it 5-1.
In the final minute Denis Cholach grabbed a consolation for the home side.
Quay Celtic: Seamus Quigley, Jordan O’Donoghue, Gavin Donnelly, Gareth Papworth, Derek Rogers, Barry McKenna, Denis Cholach, Robbie Gavigan, Daniel Kerr, Dean Shiel, Stefan Zlokapa (Michael Ololuo).
Muirhevnamor: Michael Cooney, Martin Murphy, Brian Begley, Adrian Rafferty, Shane O’Callaghan, Philip Duffy (Conor Gorman), Gary Clarke, Brendan Hughes (David Cooney), Thomas McShane, Ryan Dillon, Sean Conlon.