Third win out of four games for Bellurgan
BELLURGAN did it the hard way but notched up their third win in four games to share joint second place in the table with the champions Rock Celtic only one point off the pace with a game in hand.
Playing with the heavy rain and strong wind, Bellurgan went in at the break on Sunday only level. They gifted the home side who have yet to pick up a point following their promotion, with an equaliser within 30 seconds of Darren Gaynor volleying them in front. Man of the Match Jason Brennan raced past two opponents after fellow full-back Damien Connor played a free kick across the pitch to him and he pulled the ball back invitingly across goal for Gaynor to score after 15 minutes.
Almost straight after the kick-off Ciaran Casey knocked the ball back towards his own goal only for it to beat goalkeeper Robert Arthur and enter the net.
More misfortune followed for Bellurgan as goalscorer Gaynor struck a penalty kick wide after Johnny Winters was taken down in the home box after half an hour. Dean Gaynor also struck a shot off the Longwood post, and Owen Traynor had an effort turned away for a corner.
But playing against the elements suited Bellurgan's style of play as they were forced to keep the ball on the ground, and constructed a delightful move ten minutes into the second-half to re-take the lead.
Ciaran Casey started the move from the back, and it involved Jason Brennan and Johnny Winters who split open the Longwood defence for Ciaran Rogan to race clear and he rounded the goalkeeper to put the ball in the net.
Ten minutes later Jason Brennan won a free-kick on the right side of the box and Dean Gaynor whipped the ball in for brother Darren to brilliantly head to the net from eight yards.
Dean then made the points secure 15 minutes from time. He exchanged passes with substitute Shane Finnegan who beat the full back on the right and laid the ball back for his teammate to bury it in the net from 12 yards.
Longwood pulled a goal back from a breakaway attack with the ball rebounding kindly for them following a Bellurgan corner, but it was a mere consolation, as what slim chance they had of mounting a recovery was scuttled when they had a player sent-off five minutes from time for a second bookable offence.
Bellurgan: Robert Arthur, Jason Brennan, Ciaran Casey, Stephen Malone, Damien Connor, Johnny Winters, Owen Traynor, Ciaran Rogan, Gavin Long (Shane Finnegan), Darren Gaynor, Dean Gaynor. Other subs. Stephen Finnegan, Liam McKenny.