Bellurgan United. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
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Square United 2-3 Bellurgan United
Bellurgan United qualified for the quarter-finals of the Tully Cup courtesy of a narrow win over Square United in Ardee on Sunday afternoon.
Having overcome a tricky opening, where Square got on top, striker Seán Maguire put Bellurgan in front, finishing confidently from Shane O’Brien’s accurate cross.
That was how it remained at half-time and the game continued to ebb and flow before Ciarán Sheelan doubled United’s lead at the end of a sweeping move, involving upwards on 15 passes. O’Brien - with his second assist of the outing - was the provider.
But Square came with a stirring burst, scoring twice in as many minutes to level an absorbing tie.
Robbie Leavy halved the deficit with a header before Aaron Kerley shot past Robbie Arthur from the spot after the referee deemed Alan Connor to have fouled in the penalty area.
Jason McConville’s men - seeking to reach the decider for the fourth time in five seasons - recovered their composure, though, and, two minutes from time, Seán Mathews put in a wonderful corner-kick delivery which Connor met firmly, heading the winner past Evan Farrell.
Square United: Evan Farrell; Evan Farrell, Paudy Clarke, Eamonn Callaghan, Fergal Diamond, Stefan Halpenny, James Clarke, Jonny Sheridan, Barry McCoy, Kian Moran, Eddie Bourke, Aaron Kerley
Subs: Trevor Matthews, Mark Quinn, Donal Rahill, Robbie Leavy, Killian Murray
Bellurgan United: Robert Arthur; Mark Murphy, Owen Traynor, Alan Connor, Seán Mathews; Shane O’Brien, Simon O’Shaughnessy, Stephen Finnegan, Tadhg O’Connor; Ciarán Sheelan, Seán Maguire
Subs: Cian McDonald, Aaron Farnon