TWO first-half goals in as many minutes broke Quay’s hearts and saw Rock Celtic collect their second successive win in the MDL Premier Division.
Quay blew a three-goal interval lead in their opening game against Kentstown and had to settle for a draw.
Again they were in a good position at Sandy Lane on Friday night when Stephen Fisher’s corner kick deceived goalkeeper John Rogers and flew straight into the top of the Rock net on 35 minutes, but they surrendered their advantage cheaply as Jamie McCaul put strike partner David Ward clear seconds after the re-start to level matters.
Barely a minute later Quay were behind. New Rock signing Gerard McSorley got free down the right into the Quay box and crossed low for McCaul whose poor connection was eventually turned into the roof of the net by Ward for his second of the game.
Rock keeper John Rogers wasn’t extended, except for a fine save from Thomas McShane just after Quay had gone ahead. However, the second half proved to be a different kettle of fish as Fisher blazed across the face of goal with a great opportunity to equalise for Quay, having robbed Paddy Reilly of possession.
The heartache grew worse for Quay when Cormac McArdle increased Rock’s lead. The left full’s free kick from outside the 18-yard box deflected off the defensive wall to wrong-foot McKenna.
Fisher struck the butt of the Rock post from distance, before Paddy Quinn tripped Thomas McShane inside his penalty area to gift Quay a spot-kick on the hour. Fisher took the penalty, but Rogers guessed the right side and saved with ease.
Quay did manage to reduce the deficit on 86 when Thomas McShane struck a breaking ball to the net, but Derek Delany sealed victory for Rock as fired home from close range.
[Source: Argus 29-08-2012 link:http://www.argus.ie/sport/soccer/rock-close-the-door-on-quay-3219466.html]