Glenmuir United ended Rock Celtic’s proud 100% league record on Tuesday night with a brilliant 1-2 away victory over the run-away U14 Premier Division league leaders.
Jamie Browne’s stunning volley 17 minutes into the second half earned Glenmuir a tremendous win as the away team upset the form book to claim their fourth win of the season.
Rock Celtic started the game well and created several early chances through leading scorer Kizito Ekwueme but Glenmuir ‘keeper Mark Byrne was equal to the task with several fine saves.
Glenmuir eased more and more into the game and started to ask questions of the home defence. A throw in from the left in the 27th minute was gathered by Philip Tynan, he turned sharply to fire a shot towards goal but ‘keeper Neacy tippped it away for a corner.
Peter McStravick’s corner kick found Thomas O’Connell at the back post and he showed no hesitation to fire through a crowd of players to give Glenmuir a 0-1 lead.
Rock Celtic responded well and on the stroke of half-time Daniel Corcoran equalised with he found space on the edge of the penalty area before firing a powerful effort low to the bottom corner.
Rock Celtic continued on the front foot after half time and Ekwueme was very unlucky in the 44th minute when his fierce effort smashed off the crossbar and minutes later Aidan Curtain was denied by another fine save by Byrne.
Glenmuir kept battling and earned a free kick wide on the left wing; McStravick’s deep delivery beat the entire defence and found the unmarked Browne who showed great technique to volley high into the roof of the net.
Rock pressed for an equaliser but O’Connell and Yan Petroskey stood firm in the hard working defence and Byrne denied front man Ekwueme twice in quick succession.
ROCK CELTIC: Conor Neacy, Dara Farrelly, Conor Soraghan, Liam McDonnell, Mark Gaughran, Jack Barron, Kizito Ekwueme, Jonathan Kierans, Neil Smyth, Oisin Meegan, Liam O’Callaghan, Oisin Murtagh, Eoghan O’Hara, Oisin Geoghegan, Daniel Corcoran, Mark Hanna, Aidan Curtain.
GLENMUIR UNITED: Mark Byrne, Jay O’Hagan, Mark Duffy, Thomas O’Connell, Yan Petroskey, Jason Cullen, Jamie Brown, Mark Kilgallen, Peter McStravick, Stephen Ryland, Philip Tynan, Rory Phelan, Aaron Fee, Cian O’Donohoe.