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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Clinical Rock display attacking class

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:20

ROCK CELTIC produced a clinical attacking performance to take the three points back down the Rock road following a fine win over Bay FC.

The game was an even affair for long periods of the game but the home side struggled to create any clear-cut chances throughout the match and were eventually punished by a Rock side that always looked dangerous on the break.

The game was only two minutes old when Celtic took the lead following great play by Oran O'Hanlon who did brilliantly to play Aaron McQuillan through on goal and he supplied a cool finish to put the visitors one goal up with their first attack.

The fast start to game seemed to catch the home side cold and it took them almost ten minutes to get back into the game. Indeed their first meaningful shot came after 11 minutes when Stephens got past two defenders before blazing over the bar.

That first attempt on goal seemed to lift Bay spirits and they created more chances as they pegged the visitors back.

The pressure finally counted when Michael Begley delivered a corner that was eventually finished by William Opoku to level the game.

However, that goal seemed to wake Rock Celtic up and they regained the lead near the end of the first half when Ciaran Johnston raced through on goal, rounded the keeper and scored.

The second half began with Bay in control and pushing their Sandy Lane opponents back towards their own box. Despite the pressure the Bay attack could not create any goal scoring chances.

Rock was happy to soak up the pressure and had great success through Jack Barron and Johnston who were always looking to hit the home side on the break.

The killer goal came following another break up the pitch when Josh Connolly managed to fire his side's third goal of the game after it fell kindly to him just outside the box.

The young men from Bay showed great character as they kept trying to unlock a strong Rock Celtic defence.

When another wave of Bay pressure came to nothing Rock moved up the field and grabbed their fourth goal of the game through Johnston who got his second goal of the game to cap a great performance on the day.

Bay FC: David Odumosu, Michael Begley, Ben Hughes, Ciaran Byrne, Sean Flynn, Shane Tobin, Jack, Idris Agunbiagc, William Opoku, Ope Stephens, Tom Jackson, Ben, Sean Hill.

Rock Celtic: Josh Mackin, Finn Reilly, Oran O'Hanlon, James Kieran, Jack Barron, Kevin Campbell, Ciaran Johnston, Aaron McQuillan, Paul O'Grady, Josh Connolly, Donal Leavy, Richie Dunne, Luke Hoban, Conor Suraghan.

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