Sunday 25 August 2019

McGuire's brace secures full points for North End at Celtic

CRAIG McGUIRE celebrated with two superb second half strikes as he drove North End Utd to victory over arch rivals New Ross Celtic in this excellent Wexford Premier Division clash in New Ross on Sunday morning last.


McGuire after an indifferent first half was really in the groove during the second forty-five minutes as he helped his side control the game after dropping behind inside ninety seconds of the restart when the homeside converted a penalty. The midfielder looked sharp and focused as he helped his side to their second successive victory having put the disappointment of their opening day defeat behind them.

Both side featured a number of new players.

After thirteen minutes Jason Murphy saw a twenty meter effort go outside off the upright, while at the opposite end Michael Grangell was denied by a quick advance from new keeper Cormac O'Brien. Two minutes later Kyle Dempsey and Jason Murphy combined down the right flank, with Dempsey's low fast cross going across the face of the goal with no one to apply a finishing touch. At the opposite end John Whitty having been put into position by Grangell shot weakily at keeper O'Brien leaving it 0-0 at the interval.

The homeside took a dramatic lead inside ninety seconds of the restart. Centre-back Stuart Lalor clipped Craig O'Brien with Referee Alan Murphy having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Anthony O'Connor sent keeper O'Brien the wrong way from the resulting penalty giving the homeside a 1-0 lead.

North End then went on to play some of their best football, laying siege to the homesides goal. They now began to turn the screw on the homeside with Warren Broaders having a low shot beaten away by keeper Deegan before they got a deserved equaliser after fifty-seven minutes. Stuart Lalor floated a freekick into the area which was headed clear by Matt O'Neill. However McGuire controlled the ball before drilling home a superb twenty-five meter shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net giving his side a deserved equaliser. With the sides now deadlocked at 1-1 it was all to play for. Gareth McCurtain after a superb run had his shot knocked off the line by the recovering Stephen O'Leary with keeper Deegan beaten, while at the opposite end it took a superb Lalor tackle to deny John Whitty as he bore down on goal. The crucial breakthrough came after 82 minutes. Jason Murphy played a net pass into the path of McGuire, who shook off several tackles in a superb run before sending a great twenty-five meter rising shot into the top right hand corner of the net.

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