Quay’s Ellis O’Connell celebrates his goal. Picture: Ciaran Culligan
It was a Saturday morning for hats, gloves and scarves as the bitterly cold conditions prevailed at Clancy Park for this U11 clash.
Quay Olympic started the game in a dominant mood, attacking the Redeemer goal with early shots from Tom Devenney, Shane Quinn and Evan Cole. A Redeemer break saw Adam Smartt pull off a fine save from Jason McCartney to keep the score level in the early exchanges.
Quay continued to press and the deadlock was soon broken with a run down the left wing by Cillian Lavery, cutting the ball back for Ellis O’Connell to open the scoring.
With Quay pressing down each wing - and helped by the advantage of the gale force wind - they doubled their lead with a stunning effort from Shane Quinn.
At the other end, Redeemer’s best chance of the half fell to Jason McCartney but his low shot was saved by Adam Smartt and Tom Devenney then scored goal number three for the home side on the stroke of
Redeemer made changes at the break with Jordan Hutchinson replacing Sophie Grey between the posts and he produced a magnificent save from Tom Devenney in the first action of the second half.
With Quay on top, the unstoppable Conor McKeown picked up the ball just outside the penalty area before firing low
Quay Olympic: Adam Smartt, Finn Corbett, Conor Teather, Fionn Conlon, Ellis O’Connell, Shane Quinn, Conor McKeown, Evan Cole, Tom Devenney, Kevin Teather, Liam Coleman, Lorcan Monahan, Cillian Lavery.
Redeemer: Sophie Grey, Jordan Hutchinson, Jack Gartland, Kyle Clohessy Bradley, Ben McCourt, Ronan Grey, Michael Hutchinson, Jason McCartney.
Referee: Niall Minto.