Bellurgan win the Generation game
BELLURGAN Utd took advantage of the teams around them not playing to move into second place in the table with a narrow 3-2 win over New Generation, who started the match with 10 men.
Bellurgan hadn't managed a win in five attemepts against their boegy side, and it was very nearly six as New Generation took the lead twice in an absorbing contest.
While the scoreline was close it was mainly one-way traffic towards the New Generation goal with Jamie Mulligan, Sean Dawe abd Jake McArdle all going close.
New Generation made Bellurgan pay dearly for those misses when they took the lead in the 15th minute with their first attack.
Bellurgan didn't panic and stuck to 'total football' philosophy with Glen Stewart and Packie Carron going close before Mulligan was hauled down in the box and Kiran Quinn slotted home the resulting penalty.
The second half was much of the same and again with only their second attack New Generation took the lead again despite the best efforts of 'keeper Martin McEneaney, who pulled off a point blank save only to be beaten by the rebound.
Again Bellurgan upped the tempo as Conor Watters and Stewart started to take control of midfield and picking out some dangerous through balls, one of which eventually led to the equaliser when Jake McArdle rounded the 'keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.
With only five minutes remaining subs Aaron Finnegan and Darren Connor combined well to set up Quinn, who somehow found the net from the tightest of angles.
Quinn was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick, but was denied by the crossbar in the first half and the base of the post in the second.
Bellurgan still had to be alert in the closing stages as New Generation broke clear but this time Adam Bolton and Joseph Connor combined to snuff out the danger.
• Bellurgan U-16s kept up their persuit of the title when easily defeating Quay Celtic on Sunday.