North-East Football League

NEFL ROUND-UP | Muirhevna beat Rock; Bellurgan too strong for Square; Bay are flying; Glenmuir victorious

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NEFL ROUND-UP | Muirhevna beat Rock; Bellurgan too strong for Square; Bay are flying; Glenmuir victorious

Rock Celtic's Shane O'Callaghan and Martin Smith of Muirhevna Mor during Friday night's NEFL Premier Division clash at Sandy Lane. (Pic: Aidan Dullaghan)


Rock Celtic 0 Muirhevna Mor 5

Muirhevna Mor got back on the winning trail with a comprehensive 5-0 victory away to Rock Celtic on Friday night.

The hosts were plagued by injuries during the game, losing as many as five both before and during an affair which was 1-0 at the three-quarter mark.

Defender Jimmy Cooney scored twice for the Blues, while Nathan Murphy, Martin Smith and substitute Vinny Smith also did some damage.

Rock Celtic: David Hayes; Liam McDonnell, Paddy Reilly, Shane O’Callaghan, Gary Lennon; Jack Reid, Jamie McCaul, Ronan Sands, Ed Maguire; Des McKeown, Daniel Kerr

Subs: Brian Soraghan, David Ward, Derek Delany

Muirhevna Mor: Michael Cooney; Brian Begley, Paul Mallon, Jimmy Cooney, Nathan Murphy; Gary Clarke, Philip Duffy, Micky O’Kane, Brendan Hughes; Paudi Hearty, Martin Smith

Subs: Oisín Morrow, Vinny Smith, Seán Conlon, Ciarán Jamison

Square United 2 Bellurgan United 5

Bellurgan secured their first league win of the campaign in Ardee on Friday night with Ciarán Sheelan scoring twice.

Tadhg O’Connor’s header put the visitors ahead, only for Square to pull level at the interval.

Daniel McDonald’s whipped free-kick evaded everyone and ended in the net to restore Bellurgan’s advantage before Niall Donnelly and Sheelan - from Barry Dunne’s pass - made it 4-1.

Square got a second from the penalty spot, before Sheelan fired to the bottom corner from 25 yards to cap a comprehensive display from the away side.

Bellurgan United: Robbie Arthur; Martin Murphy, Patrick Lynch, Stephen Finnegan, Chris Lawson; Owen Armstrong, Daniel McDonald, Barry Dunne, Tadhg O’Connor; Ciarán Sheelan, Niall Donnelly

Subs: Ronan Mulholland, Peter Fisher, Dermot Treanor

Ardee Celtic 0 Trim Celtic 3 

Despite a stubborn first half display in which there were chances for Bryan O’Connor and Shane Hickey, Ardee Celtic fell to another defeat on Thursday night.

The Deesiders gave a good overall account of themselves, but Trim’s quality showed through in the second half as they added further to their title credentials.

Two goals in four minutes gave Trim a stronghold they never looked like relinquishing.

Ardee Celtic: Declan Butler; Ken Thornton, Finn Kelly, Niall Sharkey, Robbie Reynolds; Shawni Dowdall, Aaron Roche, Mikey Nulty, Keith Farnan; Shane Hickey, Bryan O’Connor 

Subs: Darragh O’Shea Hugh Murphy


Kingscourt Harps 2 Bay FC 5

Bay FC continue to lodge themselves in Division One promotion contention after putting five past Kingscourt Harps on Friday night.

Damien Bellew’s side actually trailed 1-0 at the break, despite starting and finishing the half brightly. But they set the record straight four minutes into the second half when Angelo Stanley stabbed home an equaliser.

Quadri Olowo put Bay ahead on the hour-mark and doubled the gap shortly after before Brian McCloskey got the goal his performance deserved, making it 4-1.

Kingscourt halved their deficit, but Bay rounded the evening off with a fifth, ’keeper Kevin Mullen coming forward to slot away a penalty.

Bay FC: Kevin Mullen; Brian McCloskey, Angelo Stanley, Jimmy Byrne, Kevin Scollon; Shaun O’Connor, Paddy Connor, Luka Brlenic, Alfonso Crespo; Mario Kolak, Quadri Olowo

Subs: Gavin Donnelly, Stephen Woods, Anton Webb, Salim Oumarrakchi

Redeemer Celtic 1 Carrick Rovers 3

Ryan Duffy was on target, but Redeemer Celtic fell to defeat at home to Carrick Rovers on Thursday night.

The forward drew Wayne Conroy’s team level; however, Carrick still took a 2-1 lead to the interval - and ran out two-goal winners subsequently.

Redeemer Celtic: Kyle Murphy; Aidan Grimes, Andy McDermott, Paul Gartland, Stephen Begley; Kevin McCormack, Raymond McCann, Derek Moran, Shane Derry; Barry Carr, Ryan Duffy

Subs: Shane English, Kevin O’Hanlon, Caolan Carroll


Glenmuir FC 4 Rathkenny 1

Glenmuir got back to winning ways with a big input from their subs on Friday night. 

Ahead at half-time through Niall Mackin’s goal, the Blues were pegged back early in the second half. 

But, shortly after coming on, Deane Browne put in for another sub, player-manager Conor Macken, to nod home.

And Lorcan Doyle added a brace before the close to complete a rout in Glenmuir’s favour.

Glenmuir FC: David McKenny; Ronan Molloy, Daniel Mulligan, Willie Kelly, Liam McKenny; Jason Myles, Conor Mackin, Mark Molloy, Eibhin Caldwell; Paddy Nicholson, Niall Mackin  

Subs: Lorcan Doyle, Deane Browne, Edgar Bitanius, Conor Macken