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Bad day at the office

24 November 2021 - by Elaine Ingram

Cleary's Shay McAllister and Bean Mhadaghain's Piaras Donaghy

Cleary Celtic played their last Junior Cup game of the season in Olympic Park on Saturday where they were ousted by Belfast side Bean Mhadaghain. 

Robbie Quinn was stand-in manager for the absent John Hogg and he summed up the disappointing 3-0 result saying: “It was just one of those days.”

Cleary just weren’t at the races on Saturday but things didn’t go their way from the very start. They were missing players, crucially Neill Barr amongst them who picked up a hamstring injury the previous week. They conceded an early goal, missed a penalty and had a man sent off in the second half.

Bean Mhadaghain looked strong right from kick-off. They were a step faster than Cleary but a soft goal early on kept the home side on the back foot and despite having a few chances in the second half, they never really looked like getting back in the game after missing the penalty. 

“We had Neil Barr, Fergal Lavery and a few others missing but we still had a good enough squad,” said Quinn. 

“I think in the first half we didn’t show up. We probably gave them a bit too much respect and let them play too much football. 

“In the second half we started well. We had a couple of chances and we could have scored a few. Then we had a very harsh sending off at the start of the second half. Stephen McCabe was sent off with a very harsh red for a bit of a shoulder. I don’t believe the referee actually saw what happened but he turned and gave him a red card so what do you do. 

 

READ THE FULL REPORT ON PAGES 40 + 41

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