LSL Senior Sunday
Photo Credit Martin Doherty
Only a single goal separated them at the end of the last season as St Mochtas pipped Bluebell United to the title on goal difference.
However, there were four between the sides as the renewed acquaintances and met in direct battle for the first time this season.
Bluebell laid down an early marker and made a statement of intent as they finished strong to register an eye catching win to move into second place in the table.
The sides traded chances in the first ten minutes with Keith Dunne fired over after Morgan Cranley had saved well for Mocthas.
Soon after Cranley saved again from Dean Ebbe on 22 minutes after another period of exchanging half chances.
Dunne then fired over after Lacey forced the returning McNulty to save smartly and it wasn’t long before a relatively open game got a first goal.
A Bluebell free fired into the area prompted a ping pong session in the box and the Bell hit the jackpot as the ball flew into the back of the net.
Bluebell had chances to double the advantage before the turn, but Ebbe had an effort back of the bar and again Cranley saved well to ensure just one remained between the sides at the turn.
The early stages of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Shane Stritch missing a good chance for the visitors and the inform David Somers heading over the home side before 50 minutes had past.
The pendulum then swung in the away sides favour as Mark O’Neill was sent off leaving ‘Bell with a goal and a man advantage.
The visitors were not going to spurn the chance afforded to them and took control. Gareth Cooney fired over after a great driving as Andy Noonan’s men began to dominate.
The finally doubled the advantage on 77 minutes when Quinn pounced on a rebound after yet another Cranley save to slot home.
Cooney made it three minutes later with a solid volleyed finish at the back post while former Sheriff man Stephen Larkin rounded off a perfect night for the title hopefuls and made it 10 goals in two games for ‘Bell with his sides fourth four minutes from time.