Square United picked up their first win of the new North East Football League season on Friday night, emerging victorious from an eight goal thriller against Bailieboro Celtic in Cavan.
Eddie Burke’s team were level at 2-2 approaching half time before Jake Gillespie struck to hand the visitors the lead at the end of an exhilarating first half (watch below).
The youngster added to goals from Tristan Knowles and Chris Kelly when he got in behind the full back and latched onto Knowles’ pass before firing beyond the home goalkeeper.
Paddy Carolan saw his side equalise with 70 minutes on the clock and it briefly looked like the two time league champions were facing down the barrel of a third straight win – following stalemates against Carrick Rovers and Newtown United in their opening two fixtures.
However, Martin Duffy’s penalty minutes later edged Square in front again. The left sided player’s spot kick had too much power for the goalkeeper, who couldn’t deny Duffy his fourth goal in just three games (watch below).
Knowles’ second of the night sealed the win for Square – for whom Robert McNeice, Duffy and Knowles excelled – who rise up the Group B table in qualifiers to determine who will compete in the later stages of which cup competition.
Square now sit fourth in the eight team group. Elsewhere tonight, Rock Celtic went down 0-2 at home to Carrick while Kingscourt beat Drogheda Town 3-0.
The Ardee side have one the Challenge Cup on one previous occasion in 1992, while they have finished runners-up twice in 1990 and 1993.
Additional reporting by Gavin Malone. Video courtesy of Gavin Malone.
SQUARE UNITED: Paric Malone, Andrew Egan, Stefan Halpenny, Killian Murray, Martin Duffy, Jonny Sheridan, Tristan Knowles, Chris Kelly, Mark Quinn, Jake Gillespie.