Glenmuir fall short against Abbey Celtic
Reilly Cup - Abbey Celtic 3, Glenmuir 2
Glenmuir's last chance of silverware was dashed with Abbey Celtic pulling off a surprise win on Sunday morning in the semi-final of the Reilly Cup.
Abbey's tactics of mounting a mass defensive cordon yielded the result that they desired with a place in the final of the knockout competition for which they laid the groundwork in the first-half at the end of which they had opened a 3-1 lead.
Glenmuir under Mark Sheils had gone on a long impressive winning run but the hosts had shared the spoils in the games that the sides had played, with the count standing at one win apiece.
So they were opponents not to be underrated and they rattled Glenmuir by fighting back with real venom after Willie Kelly had headed the visitors ahead from a corner kick.
Abbey sitting in mid-table, hit back with three goals without reply before the interval. Glenmuir took ten minutes of the second half to reduce the arrears to the minimum with Deane Brown earning a spot kick that Lorcan Doyle dispatched to the net.
However, Glenmuir couldn't force an equaliser and push the tie into extra-time. The nearest they came was in the last minute when in a hectic scramble in the home box John Byrne's powerful close range attempt was blocked as it looked bound for the net.
Glenmuir's season now focuses on obtaining a result against their divisional winners Boyne in their last game that will ensure them of probable promotion after what has been overall a fine season, with five defeats in 22 matches, three in cup competitions , one draw and 16 wins.
Glenmuir: David McKenny, Liam McKenny, Willie Kelly Daniel Mulligan, Edgar Bitanis, Conor Nicholson, Conor Mackin, Daniel Mullen ( Patrick Nicholson) Deane Browne, Lorcan Doyle, John Byrne. Other subs, Tolani Anamushan, Liam Cunningham, Rory Phelan.