Glenmuir FC striker Seán Bailey. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Tully Cup round one
Glenmuir FC 4-1 Abbey Celtic
Last winners of the Tully Cup in 2009, Glenmuir FC got their campaign underway in emphatic style on Friday night as Seán Bailey scored his first three goals for the Hoey’s Lane side.
After a frustrating opening half, where Abbey Celtic earned a lead to take to the break, Wayne Conroy’s charges assumed control and drew level thanks to a cracking, left-footed effort from Liam McKenny.
And within six minutes of the kick-off, Glenmuir had turned it around as Bailey put them in front with a neat turn and shot after good link-up play with John Byrne.
The former Redeemer Celtic man then won and converted from the spot to make it 3-1.
A late flurry saw Abbey win a penalty, with Seán Maguire deemed to have fouled in the area, but David McKenny produced a wonderful stop to his right and soon after, Bailey made it 4-1 after substitute Ashraf Bin Jamal played him away on the break.
Glenmuir FC: David McKenny; Liam McKenny, Colm Matthews, Edgar Bitanius, Liam Cunningham; Luke Murray, Dermot Grier, Ronan Molloy, Brendan Sheils; John Byrne, Seán Bailey
Subs: Brian McGuirk, Éimhín Caldwell, Conor Richardson, Seán Maguire, Ashraf Bin Jamal