MICHAEL Funston and Ryan Rainey netted as Bonagee United clinched second place in the bmcsports.ie Ulster Senior League.
Cockhill Celtic 0 Bonagee United 2
An away win over already-crowned champions Cockhill secured the runners-up spot for Jason Gibson’s men.
Picture: Ryan Rainey was on the scoresheet for Bonagee United.
Bonagee had the first effort on 5 minutes when Jordan Armstrong flashed a free kick narrowly wide.
Cockhill should have taken the lead on 8 minutes when good interplay between Daniel Doherty and Stephen Duffy released Mark Moran. Moran’s cross was headed back across goal by Laurence Toland to Duffy who dragged his shot wide.
Bonagee went close on 17 minutes when Dan O’Donnell was first to a Cockhill clearance. His shot from the edge of the D was well held by Eoghan Jordan.
Bonagee were on top now and had another effort on target on 32 minutes when Ryan Rainey’s header was straight at Jordan.
The best chance of the half fell to Armstrong who latched onto a speculative effort from Rainey but his low shot went past the far post.
The second half started with chances at both ends.
First, a Bonagee corner was flicked on and Jamie Lynagh blasted over at the far post. Then, Ronan Doherty found Stephen Duffy whose shot had Ferry scrambling but found the side netting.
Bonagee had the next opportunity when Armstrong chased a long ball, cut inside and shot but was denied by Jordan with a smart near post save.
On 63 minutes Duffy’s through ball found Laurence Toland but his shot was straight at Ferry. Within a minute Bonagee were ahead. A back pass forced Jordan into a headed clearance which was pounced upon by Funston whose acrobatic effort hit the bar and down, awarded a goal by assistant referee.
Cockhill huffed and puffed after this setback without creating any clear chances. Indeed, it was Bonagee who doubled their lead on 83 minutes through a Ryan Rainey penalty, awarded for handball.