Redeemer Celtic move closer to Dundalk and District League title
Redeemer Celtic moved a step closer to the Dundalk and District League title on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over Bellurgan Utd.
A lightning fast start to the game saw the league’s top scorer Thomas Daly nipping in to shoot past Kevin Rogan.
However right from the ball being re-centred Shane O’Brien dashed past the home rearguard to hammer home an equaliser.
Two minutes later a high cross from Kevin McCormack eluded the Bellurgan keeper to put Redeemer ahead once more and with eight minutes played Ryan McDonald made it 3-1 to the hosts.
Redeemer then went 4-1 ahead on 17 minutes with another from Daly with Ryan McDonald increasing that lead even further with a fifth just after the half hour mark.
The second half saw a much improved performance from Bellurgan and they were duly rewarded when Luke Higgins fired past Cillian Rice in the Redeemer nets.
With the visitors now dominating the game they won a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, but John Smith failed to beat Rice in the home nets to make it 5-3 and a great chance for a fightback was lost.
Both teams are to be commended for serving up a great feast of entertaining football.
Redeemer have now opened up a 15 point gap over their nearest rivals with three games left to play and only Rock Celtic have any chance of catching them. Players to light up a dark damp evening for the healthy crowd who came out to watch the Gorman Park goal fest were Ryan McEvoy, Thomas Daly and Ryan McDonald of Redeemer along with Shane O’Brien, Luke Higgins and ‘Bud’ Traynor of Bellurgan.
Prior to the match, John Fox of Defy presented the June Player of the Month award to Shane O’Brien of Bellurgan Utd and Thomas Daly with the July Player of the Month award.