Ryan McCready (39)
Matthew McManus (55)


Ryan McCready opened the scoring (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)


After just missing out on promotion last season Queen's University began their quest to go one better with a two-goal defeat of Lurgan Celtic at Knockramer Park.

Both goals came a few minutes either side of the break.

Ryan McCready opened the scoring on 39 minutes when he turned a right-wing cross onto the crossbar before clinically converting the rebound past keeper Kieran McKerr.

The visitors doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half thanks to a Matt McManus header into the top right corner.

Celtic's afternoon got worse with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Matthew Andrews was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Lurgan Celtic: McKerr, Andrews, A. Rogers, McCabe, Cochrane, Lindsay, Hagan, O'Reilly, Lavery, Magee, J. Rogers subs Short (not used), Murphy (replaced J. Rogers 65), Farren (not used), Crawford (replaced Lavery 86), Henderson (replaced McCabe 82)

Queen's University: Brown, Corry, Robinson, Hanna, McManus, Walsh, Bonnes, Mulgrew, McCready, O'Hare, Young subs Foster (replaced O'Hare 71), Henderson (replaced Bonnes 62), Hughes (not used), Mulholland (replaced Young 62), Dupree (not used)

Referee: Ryan Hanna