Raf­ferty the star as United con­quer Quay

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BEL­LUR­GAN made a bright start and none more so than the bright­est player on the pitch Gerry Raf­ferty who in­spired his side to vic­tory with a brace of goals and a ver­i­ta­ble jack in the box dis­play in this U13 en­counter at Clancy Park.

He broke clear of the Quay de­fence and with only a minute gone and an­gled a per­fect shot into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net from in­side the penalty box.

Quay took only a few min­utes to draw level when Tom Dearey’s cor­ner eluded goal­keeper and de­fend­ers alike on the Bel­lur­gan goal line.

Although against the wind Quay had the bet­ter of the at­tack­ing play in the open­ing half, and the vis­i­tors’ goal­keeper Jamie Burns pulled off three cru­cial saves.

The first with his out­stretched foot en­abled his side to re­gain the lead on eight min­utes, when Niall Mor­gan curled a great free­kick from out­side the penalty box into the cor­ner of the net.

A sweet move then re­sulted in the ball break­ing off a de­fender to Raf­ferty who dragged his shot wide from in­side the penalty box with only home goal­keeper Ar­tus Daug­ini­tis stand­ing in his way.

Be­fore that Shay Downey for Quay was foiled by Burns who ex­celled twice more be­fore he was left help­less by a high shot by Shay Quinn from out­side the box as it flew in un­der­neath the cross­bar in the dy­ing sec­onds.

The mo­men­tum ap­peared now with Quay who also had the wind in their favour, but like in the first half Raf­ferty gave his side back the im­pe­tus scor­ing a ter­rific sec­ond goal and what turned out to be the win­ner af­ter six min­utes.

It was sim­i­lar but more spec­tac­u­lar to his first as he raced free and his fin­ish was em­phatic bent over and wide of the div­ing goal­keeper.

Quay never re­ally threat­ened af­ter that with Raf­ferty drop­ping back into mid-field and dic­tat­ing play with his fast elu­sive drib­bling and per­cep­tive pass­ing.

Quay had two late op­por­tu­ni­ties, the best of which Conal Court­ney steered wide from in front of goal from a cross by Dearey. QUAY: Ar­tus Daug­ini­tis, Thomas Kind­lon, Luca Cray­hay, Conor McKenna, Tier­nan Rogers, Shay Quinn, Liam Cole­man, Shay Downey, Cil­lian Lav­ery-McAr­dle, Tom Dearey, Kevin Teather, James Mee­han, Thomas McCahill, Conal Court­ney, Sean Dawe. Man­agers, Fer­gus Kind­lon, Karl Dearey.

BEL­LUR­GAN: Jamie Burns, AJ Both­well, Ross Hynes, Niall Mor­gan, Larry Bren­nan, Ja­son Sharkey, Adam Sharkey, Gerry Raf­ferty, Co­nan Fox, James Spain, Dy­lan Clarke, Niall O’Dono­hue. Man­agers, Iain Gal­lagher, Alex Both­well.

Cia­ran Walsh of Quay Celtic and Dean Can­ning of Wood­view chal­lenge for the ball in their U-15 league game.

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