Rock Celtic goalscorers Sam Alderdice, Jack McLaughlin and Sean Hoey

U12 | Slick Seasiders turn on the style against Bellurgan

U12 Premier Division | Bellurgan Utd 0–3 Rock Celtic

Rock Celtic moved up to third place in the U12 Premier Division with a fine display of attacking football against Bellurgan United at Tom Flynn Park on Sunday morning.

Bellurgan almost hit the front straight from the kick off when Niall Morgan let fly but his effort whistled just wide of James Harrington’s right-hand post.

The Seasiders took charge after that and when Jack McLaughlin slipped Cormac Marmion in with a stunning pass, it looked like a goal was on the cards.

The Bellurgan United U12 team

Bellurgan ‘keeper Jamie Burns had other ideas, though, making a brilliant stop with his feet to turn the ball behind; a point blank save.

Rock threatened from the subsequent corner with the lively John Clarke seeing his effort cleared from danger by Bellurgan defender Cian Farrell.

Another set piece almost led to the opener when a Rock corner from the right was met on the volley by McLaughlin but Larry Brennan was in the right place at the far post to keep it out.

Action from Sunday’s U12 Premier Division game between Bellurgan United and Rock Celtic at Tom Flynn Park. PICTURE: JOHN COTTER

Rock’s pressure eventually told when Sam Alderdice collected a pass on the inside right channel and he made no mistake, driving the ball past Burns to give the visitors the lead.

The hosts almost drew level shortly after when Morgan found space on the right to flash an effort across the face of the Rock Celtic goal.

Goalkeeper Harrington did well to push the ball away and he was given a little help from his friend, Cian Farrell, who covered brilliantly at the back post to deny Eoin Callan a tap in.

Farrell showed his talent going the other way minutes later, sending a fantastic ball over the top into McLaughlin’s path and the Rock number nine calmly steered the ball past Brady to double the advantage.

Chances continued to appear and McLaughlin fired over from a similar angle shortly after before Harrington had to make another good stop at the other end, pushing away a fine header from Bellurgan skipper Dan O’Shaughnessy.

The home side kept going and Jason Sharkey tested Harrington with a low drive after making a break from the back. Cathal Gallagher then collected an O’Shaughnessy throw in only to see his effort go agonisingly past the far post.

A lightening quick break almost led to goal number three for the Rock but Pearse Murphy Grimes’ vicious ball across the face of goal somehow stayed out.

VIDEO | Highlights from the U12 Premier Division game between Bellurgan United and Rock Celtic

The Rock winger then caught the eye with a delightful scooped pass into Alderdice before the end of the first-half, the fine move ending with Clarke firing off target.

The introduction of Harry Kierans gave the Rock an extra option in attack for the second-half and they almost made it 3–0 when Marmion teed up Sean Hoey but, again, Bellurgan netminder Jamie Burns was equal to the task.

His opposite number, Harrington, also showed safe hands two minutes later, gathering a well struck Brín Clynch free-kick with a number of red and black shirts ready to pounce.

Action from Sunday’s U12 Premier Division game between Bellurgan United and Rock Celtic at Tom Flynn Park. PICTURE: JOHN COTTER

Hoey eventually added a third for Rock, coolly firing past the helpless Burns after some fantastic quick feet — and a pass to match — by John Clarke created the opening.

Bellurgan never let their heads drop and Jason Sharkey was unlucky to see a corner helped on to the post by Harrington as the peninsula side did their best to pull one back.

Rock continued to pose a threat going forward and a lovely bit of football involving Clarke and Kierans ended with Shayne Soraghan testing Burns with a left-footed curler.

The Bellurgan ‘keeper stood tall to deny the jet heeled Pearse Murphy Grimes after that and play switched to the other end with Conan Fox sending a fine effort whistling just over the crossbar.

The pacey Murphy Grimes looked like he had made it four when he raced onto a pass by Cormac Marmion and skipped around Burns only to hit the side netting.

The Rock Celtic U12 team

It would have put the seal on a sensational counter attack but it didn’t affect the outcome as Rock saw it out to leapfrog over Quay Celtic and Shamrocks into third spot.

BELLURGAN UNITED: Jamie Burns, Brín Clynch, Dan O’Shaughnessy, Ross Hynes, Eoin Callan, Larry Brennan, Jason Sharkey, Niall Morgan, Conan Fox, James Keenan, Cathal Gallagher, Jason Brady.

ROCK CELTIC: James Harrington, Cian Farrell, Sam Alderdice, Padraic Tinnelly, Sean Hoey, Jack McLaughlin, Cormac Marmion, John Clarke, Pearse Murphy Grimes, Callum Boothman, Shayne Soraghan, Harry Kierans, Paraic Fennessy.

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