Glenmuir striker John Byrne during last night's match. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
NEFL Division Three
Glenmuir FC 2 BJD Celtic 1
It may have taken eight games, but Glenmuir finally got points on the board in Division Three with a well-deserved 2-1 win over BJD Celtic at Hoey's Lane on Friday night.
Having beaten Quay Athletic earlier in the campaign, the result was deemed null and void following the Point Road men's withdrawal from the league. However, with Wayne Conroy recently taking over, the Blues look a different side, following up last week's 3-2 defeat to Bay FC with this crucial victory.
First-half goals from John Byrne and Brendan Sheils sent 'Muir to the break two-goals to the good and while the visitors struck late in the game to set up a grandstand finish, the Glens saw out the game to score a deserved win.
But had David McKenny not produced a stunning penalty save midway through the second-half for the hosts, the outcome could have been so different and resulted in them losing a two-goal lead for the second consecutive week.
Byrne's goal came on 25 minutes when he glanced home after Óisín Murray had made the first contact with Eimhin Caldwell's corner. The same player almost scored his second soon after, though, with the pressure building, Glenmuir didn't have to wait long to register a second as the lively Sheils intercepted about 35-yards from goal and lobbed the BJD 'keeper with precision to double the lead.
Weather conditions deteriorated in the second-half, however, Glenmuir weren't to be denied with McKenny producing an inspiring penalty save. Missed opportunities cost Conroy's charges more comfort in the outing, and they were glad to hear the full-time whistle, especially after the Cavan side pulled a goal back.
However, Glenmuir are on the board and on the basis of their recent displays, this could be the first win of many as they bid to stave off relegation.
Glenmuir FC: Dave Mc Kenny, Willy Kelly, Edgar Bitanius, Óisín Murray, Rory Phelan, Brendan Sheils, Pat Crilly, Eamonn Kenny Eimhin Caldwell, John Byrne, Darren Tuite
Subs: Liam McKenny, Seán Murray, Andrew Hayes, Mark Molloy