Bay FC's Alfonso Crespo. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
NEFL Division Three
Bay FC 5 Park Celtic Summerhill 1
Mark Larkin and Alfonso Crespo struck braces as Bay FC ran out comfortable victors over Park Celtic in Muirhevnamor on Friday night.
While the scoreline reflects a dominant display from the home side, who led 2-1 at the break, it was only in the final quarter when Damien Bellew's charges raced away with Crespo (2) and Jimmy Byrne putting the seal on a comprehensive win.
Having gone two goals behind in the reverse fixture, the Division Three league leaders were intent on getting off to a good start against the Summerhill outfit, who they also face in the upcoming O'Neill Shield semi-final. Larkin gave them just the tonic on five-minutes as he continued his good goal-scoring run before he doubled his and Bay's tally minutes later, smashing past the 'keeper at this near post.
The visitors pulled one back from the set-piece and pressed in search of a leveller before the break; to no avail. This trend continued into the second-half, however, Crespo's superb curling effort put to an end Park Celtic's revival attempts. He added another, while Byrne made it 5-1.
Bay FC: Kevin Mullen; Robbie Rafferty, Mario Kolak, Johnny Winters, Brian Cluskey; Alfonso Crespo, Paddy Connor, Jimmy Byrne, Aaron Kelly; Quadri Olowo, Mark Larkin
Subs: Stefan Zlokapa, Kevin Scollon, David McCartney