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Ruthless Quay extend their lead at top of U13 Division One table

Shamrocks 1-4 Quay Olympic

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Ruthless Quay extend their lead at top of U13 Division One table

Quay Olympic’s James O’Connor celebrates scoring his second goal against Shamrocks in Saturday morning's Division One clash in Fatima. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

Quay Olympic stretched their lead at the top of the U13 Division One table with this emphatic victory over their nearest title rivals, Shamrocks in Fatima on Saturday morning.

The first-half started at a quick pace with both teams showing their intent to score the opening goal by getting the ball down and passing it on the good playing surface in Fatima which recovered well from the overnight frost.

Callum Grant and Mark McArdle caused early problems for the Quay defence and James O’Connor and Sean Rooney stretched the Shamrocks defence in a lively opening period.

Ben Gorman brought out the best in Quay Olympic goalkeeper Aaron McGuinness after 19 minutes, the netminder producing a timely block after a superb pass from Mark McArdle sliced open the Quay defence.

A quick counter attack, started by McGuinness, ended with Sean Rooney slotting home Fionn Tipping’s cross to put Quay in the lead.

Shamrocks tried to respond with a Mark McArdle effort but McGuinness saved with his feet. It was shaping up to be the game that everybody in attendance hoped it would be but Quay Olympic put the result to bed with three goals in the space of three minutes.

On 24 minutes a defensive error gifted the ball to James O’Connor and he fired low to the net from a tight angle before Killian Staunton and O’Connor added two more goals to complete a torrid three-minute spell for the home side.

That was how it stood at the break but Shamrocks refused to lie down and just before the hour mark they pulled one back when Mark McArdle won a ball out left and drifted by a few defenders before finding the net from 15 yards.

Quay upped the pace of the game again and were unlucky not to restore their four-goal advantage when substitute Jason Breen drove narrowly wide and the same Quay player was bravely denied by sub keeper Sean Brown moments later.

SHAMROCKS: Conor Maddy (Sean Brown), Nathan Smith, Ben Gorman, Gareth O’Hare, Stephen Myles, John Hodger , Kaylem Casey, Callum Grant, Mark McArdle, Peter McLaughlin, Enoch Bandbu , Ciaran Lindsay.

QUAY OLYMPIC: Aaron McGuinness, Ciaran Walsh, Cian Kieran, Eoghan Staunton, Chris Clarke, Gustas Populas , Aidan Mulligan, James O’Connor, Jason Green, Ben Gartland, Killian Staunton, Luke Conlon, Fionn Tipping, Emmet O’Hanrahan, Sean Rooney, Dylan Cronin.

REFEREE: Frank Brennan.