Bay fc were crowned NEFL Division 2 champions on Friday night as they overcame local rivals Redeemer Celtic in Glenmuir park.
The opening half hour was a very cagey affair with both sides showing nerves,both keepers were rarely worked, the best chance in that period falling to Quadri Olowu who looked clean through on goals only for a brilliantly timed tackle to snatch the chance away from him. It was the striker who broke the deadlock for Bay, chasing down a Brian Mc Closkey ball the striker got a toe to it to nick it past the on rushing keeper and the chasing redeemer defender couldn’t prevent it from rolling in. The goal settled bay down and they began passing the ball around more confidently, seeing the half out comfortably.
The 2nd half started with bang as Oluwo claimed his 2nd after just 30 seconds, Paddy Connor playing him in as he went one on one with the keeper and chipped it over him to make it 2-0. Bay seemed to be on there way but Redeemer got back into the game in fortuitous circumstances, a dangerous cross from the right deflected off bay defender Pairic Browne & the ball sailed into the Bay goal via the crossbar to get Redeemer back into the game. Moments later they could have been level only for keeper Kevin Mullen to pull of the save of the game, a rasping shot from the edge of the box looked destined for the back of the net only for Mullen to stretch out and get fingertips to it & send it around the post.
Redeemer were on the ascendancy but with 35 left on the clock Olowu struck to claim his hat-trick and take the wind out of Redeemers sails, Shaun O’Connor proving the assist this time around to give bay back their 2 goal advantage.
Redeemer pressed hard for a way back into the game but Bay’s defence stood strong and snuffed out much of the danger. With 5 minutes left Bay sub Joe Woods killed the game off altogether as Olowu squared the ball to him for a composed finish inside the box. Redeemer grabbed a late consolation goal but it was Bay’s night and they lifted the division 2 trophy and gained promotion to Division 1.
Team : Kevin Mullen, Brian McCloskey, Steven McGuinness, Angelo Stanley(Mark Larkin 55), Pairic Browne, Shaun O’Connor, Paddy Connor, Anto McLaughlin(Johnny Winters 80), Alfonso Crespo(Joe Woods 70), Quadri Olowu, Alan McCartney. Subs ; Kevin Scollon, Mario Molak, Robbie Murphy
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Bay FC Under 17 player Gerrard Uamai played a trial match today with Premier League’s Huddersfield town underage side. Uamai has scored 15 goals this season in just 8 games bringing the pacey strikers total to an incredible 124 goals in the last 5 years.
Gerrard in action for Bay this season.
Speaking to Bayfc.com the proud Under 17 manager Gary Morgan said “He’s a great lad, and hopefully a few more (of the u17 squad) will follow”.
Gerrard (No 9) in action during his trial.
Manager Gary Morgan presenting Gerrard with a memento for his goal scoring achievements
Everybody involved with Bay FC wish Gerrard all the best on his trial.
The final league game for Bay FC and it couldn’t have been a bigger game, a win would put them level on points with Redeemer Cetlic and force a playoff for promotion and the title but Johnstown had plenty to play for themselves. A game behind Bay they knew a win in Dundalk and a win on Wednesday at home to Bailieboro Celtic would put them into the playoff with Redeemer at Bay’s expense.
Bay started the game with immediate intent, breaking the deadlock after just 3 minutes as Quadri Olowu raced onto a ball over the top and hammered home passed the Johnstown keeper. Bay didn’t let up & 10 minutes later they doubled there lead, Olowu turning provider as he skipped past two defenders on the right and squared the ball for his strike partner Alan McCartney who made no mistake with the first time finish. Bay seemed to be cruising but Johnstown were thrown a lifeline when what looked like a foul on Pairic Browne at the back wasn’t given and the Johnstown striker raced clear to finish well, keeper Mullen unlucky not to keep it out after getting fingertips to it.
That goal gave Johnstown impetus to push on and it was a tight affair for the remainder of the half, with Johnstown clipping the crossbar and Mullen forced to make a great save at the feet of the striker. Just before half time bay regained the 2 goal advantage when a fierce delivery from a corner from McCartney was met by centre back Brownes head who powered it home from close range.it finished 3-1 at the break.
Ten minutes into the 2nd half and it was 4-1 to bay,good work down the right by Anto McLaughlin as he cut the ball back from the goalline ,Olowu letting the ball go through his legs and flicking it home from close range.moments later Johnstown grabbed there 2nd, Bay failed to clear a corner and with the ball pinging around the box Johnstown managed to squeeze it in. The goals didn’t stop there as Olowu completed his hattrick, a fine through ball from Joe Woods as Olowu out muscled the defender and finished into the bottom corner past the keeper to kill the game completely. Olowu capped an outstanding performance with a fourth as Kevin Scollon square a ball to him on the edge of the box and he smashed home an effort off the crossbar.
Bay now face redeemer in a promotion/title playoff on Friday November 23rd.
Team : Kevin Mullen, Brian McCloskey, Steven McGuinness, Angelo Atanley (Mark Larkin 45), Pairic Browne, Anto McLaughlin(Johnny Winters 70), Joe Woods(Robbie Murphy 70), Alfonso Crespo(Kevin Scollon 75), Shaun O’Connor, Alan McCartney,Quadri Olowu
Everybody associated with Bay FC are very saddened to learn that club treasurer and long time committee member Frank Gaughran has passed away today after a brief illness. Frank was involved in many different aspects of the club over the last 40 years and the club would not be what it is today without him. He will be sorely missed by everybody at the club. We would like to extend our sympathies to Frank’s family. Will will update everybody with funeral arrangement when we have them. May he rest in peace.
Reposing at his home from 2pm until 8pm on Friday. Removal on Saturday morning at 10.45am to St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, arriving for Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Fursey’s Cemetery, Haggardstown.
Bay pulled off what could be the result of the round as they knocked out current premier division leaders Boyne Harps this morning,running out 3-2 winners on a fine morning at Muirhevnamor Astro.
Mark Larkin set the tone early on,sending a bullet of a free kick goalwards only to see his effort brilliantly saved by Boyne keeper jack Boylen. Boyne had the ball in the back of the net but Guy Bates was ruled offside before he finished. Shaun O’Connor was played in by Paddy Connor but the winger blasted his shot over the bar.
Boyne pressed late in the half but Kevin Mullen and his defense marshaled the Boyne front line well. The deadlock was broke 2 minutes before the interval, a fantastic through ball by Connor split the Boyne defence and as the keeper steamed out the intercept it, winger Kevin Scollon caught it on the half volley and lobbed the advancing keeper to send bay in one up at the break.
Boyne came out 2nd have with a point to prove and had the lions share of possession in the opening of the half, grabbing their equalizer as the ball came across the 6 yard box and Graham Reynolds was there to tap home from close range. Boyne pressed their possession home ten minutes later as they took the lead, Guy Bates with a fantastic finish, curling an effort into the far corner with little or no room and moments later they nearly made it 3 but for a fine finger tip save from bay keeper Mullen.
It looked like Bays chances of progressing were fading away but they kept there heads and kept playing football. Their patience paid off as sub Gavin Donnolly spun on a six pence and played O’Connor through, one on one the winger finished superbly to level the game up. It was set up for a grandstand finish and Bay duely delivered. With little or no time left Connor played a ball over the top and Mario Kolak took his time and slotted it into the bottom corner to send the B ay line into raptures! A deserved win on the day and Bay now wait to see who they face in the last 8 of the challenge cup.
Team : Kevin Mullen, Brian McCloskey, Joe Woods, Angelo Stanley, Pairic Browne, Kevin Scollon (Steven McGuinness 75), Shaun O’Connor, Anto McLaughlin (Johnny Winters 60), Paddy Connor, Mark Larkin (Gavin Donnelly 65), Alan McCartney (Mario Kolak 75)
These two clubs know each other well having competed in division 3 together last season & been drawn against one another in the Leinster junior shield & O’Neill shield last season, Bay getting the better of the league results but Donacarney had the luck in the cup progressing in the leinster & beating bay to the O’Neill shield in the final.
It was Donacarney who took the lead early on, a break down the left and their winger whipped it in first time and despite a great point blank save from Bay keeper Kevin Mullen ,their number 10 was there to slot hone from close range. Bay struggled in the opening 20 minutes with Donacarney smothering the midfield and they nearly made it two in similar circumstances to the first only for Mullen to come to Bays rescues again. Paddy Connor and Alan McCartney tested the keeper from range and Quadri Olowu sent a stinging drive down the keepers throat but that was the best of Bays chances as dDonacarney seen out the half one up.
Bay came out a different side after the break, moving the ball well across the pitch and working a great opening for McCartney who seen his goal bound shot rebound off the foot of the post, in the keepers hast to collect the ball he turned with it in one hand and Olowu toe poked it home to even the game. Five minutes later Bay took the lead when Paddy Connor whipped in a corner & Pairic Browne rose highest to head home Bays 2nd to take the lead.
Moments later it was three as Shaun O’Connor broke down the right ,sent a first time ball across the box and McCartney was there to steer it home first time, his curling effort hitting the post & going in to complete a remarkable six minute period for Bay.
Paddy Connor put the game out of sight when Alfonso Crespo played him in and his low hard strike found the bottom corner. Donacarney were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes to go which they finished but Bay took the gap back to three goals when Crespo met a corner and headed it across goal and full back Brian McCloskey was there with a diving header to claim his first goal for bay. A last 16 home tie against current premier division leaders Boyne Harps now awaits bay in the next round.
Team : Kevin Mullen, Brian McCloskey, Joe Woods, Angelo Stanley, Pairic Browne, Shaun O’Connor, Alfonso Crespo, Anto McLaughlin, Paddy Connor, Quadri Olowu, Alan McCartney (Mark Larkin 60)
Bay Utds U17’s were in 7th heaven on Saturday when they over Termonfeckin Celtic 7-0 on the rock road. Bay are the early pace setters with 4 wins from their opening 4 games. Full match report to follow…