Rock Celtic’s unbeaten start to the MDL Premier Division season came to an end in emphatic fashion as they were heavily beaten by Navan Cosmos on Friday night.
The home side opened the scoring on 20 minutes as the visitors expected an offside flag to be raised but it failed materialise and Lar Ivers was happy to prod home.
This blow came after David Ward had been denied by an excellent save from the Cosmos goalkeeper.
The visitors responded and with five minutes to the break some excellent build up play involving Sean Watters and Conor McDonnell brought Brian Kilboy into play and he in turn created the opportunity for Ward to find the net.
The second half had only kicked off when Cosmos netted their second when the fleet footed Ivers outpaced the Rock central defence to finish in style.
Shortly afterwards the same player, whose pace caused the visitors all kinds of problems, picked up a loose ball following a Stefan McKevitt challenge that left him on a one to one with John Rogers. The big goalkeeper was adjudged to have conceded a penalty kick from his challenge and the spot-kick was calmly stroked to the back of the net by Conor McManus to make it 3-1.
Rock were given a glimmer of hope when Cosmos were reduced to 10 men with McKevitt and substitute Ed Maguire swinging in a number of dangerous crosses but Dermot Keely’s side were caught cold on the counter when Colm Gilsenan’s effort found its way past Rogers.
In the final minute, Navan added a fifth when Ivers bagged his hat-trick as Rock returned to the seaside empty handed.
ROCK CELTIC: John Rogers, Conor McDonnell, Stefan McKevitt, Sean Watters, Paddy Reilly, Mark McGeown, Shane O’Callaghan, David Ward, Chris Connolly (Ed Maguire), Brian Kilboy, Derek Delany (Sami Osobe).