Redeemer Celtic’s Sean Bailey, seen here in action against Woodview Celtic, hit a hat-trick in Oldcastle on Sunday. PICTURE: BEN MCSHANE

NEFL | Ten-man Redeemer roar back as Bailey bags hat-trick against Oldcastle

NEFL Division Two | Oldcastle 3–5 Redeemer Celtic

Sean Bailey’s hat-trick moved ten-man Redeemer Celtic to within one point of the summit of Division Two as Stephen Fisher’s side produced a stirring comeback in Oldcastle on Sunday.

Played on a woeful surface, the local side — who had to deploy Anto Reilly between the sticks in the absence of Kyle Murphy — found themselves 3–1 down and in danger of becoming the first side to lose to Oldcastle this season.

Redeemer steadied the ship, however, with Reilly given more protection by the defensive pairing of Paul Gartland and Conor Brennan in front of him and they dragged themselves back on terms when Andy McDermott scored a brace before the interval.

With McDermott, Woicheck Gladszy and Dean McConnell putting in good shifts, Redeemer were the better side after the break despite having Niall Kelly sent-off.

Two more goals from Bailey saw him complete his hat-trick and move Fisher’s men into third place, one point behind Hazel Lane United, who they meet at Gorman Park this Sunday, and Balieboro.

REDEEMER CELTIC: Anto Reilly, Caolan Carroll, Paul Gartland, Conor Brennan, Niall Kelly, Dean McConnell, Woicheck Gladszy, Andy McDermott, Kevin McCormack, Jordan Gartland (James Clinton), Sean Bailey.

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