Shane Jennings (49)
Jordan Thompson (90)

2

Warner Mullen (37)
Warner Mullen (46)
Warner Mullen (71p)

3

Warner Mullen bagged a hat-trick for Celtic (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)

MULLEN CLAIMS MATCH BALL AS CELTIC SWEEP TO VICTORY

Warner Mullen grabbed a hat-trick as Lurgan Celtic swept to victory over Limavady United at The Showgrounds.

Celtic took the lead on 37 minutes. Philip Donnelly exploited a gap in United's defence and was given the space to deliver a cross to the back post for Mullen to stroke the ball home.

Mullen doubled his tally within a minute of the restart after doing well to control the ball in the box before hooking an effort beyond 'keeper Paul Wells.

The Roesiders pulled a goal back soon after when Jordan Thompson cut the ball back for Shane Jennings to steer the ball into the net.

However, Mullen restored Celtic's two-goal cushion on 71 minutes with a successfully converted spot-kick, awarded after a rash challenge by Lee Harkin inside the box.

United grabbed a last minute consolation through Thompson's crisp drive after a decent passing move cut through the Celtic defence.

Limavady United: Wells, Devlin, Watt, Crown, McKeever, Harkin, McFadden, McCloskey, Logue, Owens, Jennings subs Kelly (not used), O'Kane (replaced Watt 11), Mullan (not used), Thompson (replaced Owens 25), Bradley (replaced McCloskey 46)

Lurgan Celtic: McAuley, McVeigh, M. Shannon, Rodgers, A. Rogers, B. Shannon, J. Rogers, Bell, Donnelly, Mullen, Haire subs McAnallen (replaced J. Rogers 63), Fitzpatrick (replaced B. Shannon 79), Devlin (replaced Donnelly 83)

Referee: Gareth Stewart

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