Owain Beggs grabbed a hat-trick in Knockbreda's win (Picture: Mervyn McClelland/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Owain Beggs hit a hat-trick as Knockbreda withstood a Lurgan Celtic comeback to reach the third round of the Northern Ireland League Cup.
Beggs opened the scoring as early as the first minute when he took a touch to control the ball on the edge of the area before beating Conor McCorry with a right-foot effort.
It was 2-0 on 14 minutes when Beggs finished coolly following a run and pass from Stephen Cockcroft.
And Beggs claimed the matchball just after the half-hour mark with a well taken free-kick some 20 yards which he delivered into the bottom right corner.
Celtic hit back with three goals in a blistering six minute period early in the second half.
On 58 minutes Sean Devlin, only on the pitch for a matter of moments, reduced the deficit. Then, James Wright made it 3-2 on 61 minutes before Ciaran Ryan finished off a move three minutes after that to draw level.
However, despite the impetus being with Celtic, 'Breda hit them with a sucker punch on 77 minutes when substitute Dylan Wilson rose highest to power home the winning header from a Cockcroft cross from the left flank.
Knockbreda: McBride, King, McBurney, Ferguson, Hughes, Cooling, McMaster, Johnston, Lynch, Beggs, Cockcroft subs Magennis (replaced McMaster 73), Halliday (replaced Lynch 75), Wilson (replaced Beggs 60), McNeill (not used), McKay (not used)
Lurgan Celtic: McCorry, McVeigh, O'Hara, Hutchinson, McAnallen, Gibson, Barton, Ryan, Wright, R. Thompson, C. Lavery subs Devlin (replaced Lavery 55), Seeley (replaced McAnallen 75), Hatton (not used), C. Thompson (not used)
Referee: Glenn Taylor