Welders shock DC with late, late show

Harland and Wolff Welders celebrate Nathan McConnell's goal
Harland and Wolff Welders celebrate Nathan McConnell's goal



CHAMPIONSHIP side Harland and Wolff Welders shattered Donegal Celtic’s IRN-BRU League Cup aspirations at Celtic Park last night with a riveting late, late show.

Two goals in the final 10 minutes overturned an otherwise comfortable lead Donegal Celtic had held from the 37th minute.

Substitute Nathan McConnell, the former Cliftonville and Glenavon striker, levelled in the 80th minute and rattled the nerve of a weakened Celtic team before Curtis Black punished with a left-footed effort six minutes later.

Celtic will point to a dubious decision that saw a Mark Miskimmin goal ruled out for offside.

Veteran Donegal Celtic striker Paul McVeigh marked his first start of the new season with a headed goal in the first-half but his side failed to capitalise on dominance and ultimately paid the price with a second-half submission to the east Belfast men.

Meanwhile, Donegal Celtic manager Stephen Small is hopeful he can bring Cliftonville goalkeeper John Connolly to the club ahead of Friday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Glenavon.

Donegal Celtic: Murphy, McNamee, McShane, Burns, Doyle (Atkinson 69), L Bradley, Devine, McAllister (McIlkenny 84), Dolan (Miskimmin 53), McVeigh

Subs: Hughes, Garland

H&W Welders: Thompson (Taylor, HT), McMillan, Armstrong, Cooling, McMurray, Magee, McKee, Harris, Wilkinson (Larmour, 75), Johnstone (McConnell, HT), Black

Subs: Muir, King