THIS shock Tully Bookmakers Cup exit reflects how the season has gone for Quay as they bowed out of the competition to fourth division minnows Termonfeckin a week after gaining their first league win.
Manager Barry Kieran hoped that result would kick-start their season, but a bugbear he has faced all season is not being able to field a settled team and for this tie there were six changes to the side that beat Trim Celtic nine days earlier.
Also, with a strong wind blowing and a tight pitch, the advantage that Quay had on paper over their lower-division opponents was somewhat undermined.
Still, they took the lead when Gavin Donnelly capitalised on a scramble in the home box to score after 10 minutes.
Quay had the chances to extend that lead on a couple of occasions, only to be pegged back on the half-hour, but within two minutes they were back in front, Gavin Donnelly making use of the wind blowing in Quay's favour to smash a free kick from more than 20 yards to the home net.
Once again, however, Quay couldn't hold onto the lead, with Termonfeckin's equalising goal arriving on the hour mark.
Worse was to follow for Quay when they fell behind in the 75th minute, being punished for some poor marking.
Quay had a claim for a penalty as they pushed forward to salvage a draw, and the home side survived a couple of scrambles in their goalmouth in the closing minutes before clinching victory with virtually the last kick of the game.
Quay Celtic: Beraat Turker, Jude Carroll (Daniel Kerr), Shane Coleman, Barry Walsh, Sean McErlean, Barry McKenna, Robbie Gavigan, Gavin Donnelly (Denis Cholach), David Hughes, Dean Shields, Robbie Farrell (Barry Macken).