Muirhevna Mor's Tiarnan Mulvenna and John McCullagh of Kingscourt. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
NEFL Premier Division
Kingscourt Harps 3 Muirhevna Mor 4
Tiarnan Mulvenna came off the bench to score twice as Muirhevna Mor continued to close in on the Premier Division pacesetters with a narrow victory away to winless Kingscourt on Friday night.
The former Dundalk FC attacker produced the goods after replacing Brendan Hughes early in the second-half, however, the Blues had it far from their own way in a game which saw them fall behind three times before Mulvenna's late winner.
Despite being on top in the possession stakes, Seán Maguire's side trailed midway through the opening-half having failed to clear a corner to safety.
Micky O'Kane got them back on level terms in the lead-up to half-time as their pressure produced dividends. A ball from Gary Clarke was cleared to Thomas McShane whose spectacular shot on the half-volley was helped over the line by O'Kane.
The Blues came out all guns blazing in the second-half, however, more slack defending from a corner saw Kingscourt capitalise for a second time, striking sweetly past Michael Cooney to move 2-1 ahead.
Muirhevna Mor replied immediately at the other end, Billy Smith tapping home Clarke's incisive delivery from the left-hand side after neat build-up play between Wayne Robinson and O'Kane.
At which point, it looked like the champions would pull away, but another mistake saw Kingcourt regain possession and two passes later they were heading for a first league of the season having beaten Cooney for a third time.
Cue Mulvenna. Clarke provided the striker with possession with 20-minutes to play and, despite the angle being tight, he slotted home with his left foot before putting the 'Mor in front for the first time with another pristine finish. Brian Begley and McShane were involved as Mulvenna found himself free to the right of the goal and he fired a half-volley by the home net-minder, sealing another welcome three-points for the Blues.
Muirhevna Mor: Michael Cooney; Brian Begley, Niall Hearty, Philip Duffy, Stephen Smith; Gary Clarke, Thomas McShane, Colin Hoey, Billy Smith; Micky O'Kane, Brendan Hughes
Subs: Tiarnan Mulvenna, Wayne Robinson