Dunloy Reserves 3 – Portstewart T.B. 0
Dunloy went into this fixture in formidable form and were on top of their opponents from the off.
This win puts the North Antrim men three clear of second placed Balnamore the title race hots up.
With only two minutes gone, Dunloy’s Sean Scullion forced a smart save from the Portstewart keeper who used his legs to keep out the low effort.
Just five minutes later, and it was 1-0. Fergal Dillon latched onto the ball just outside the box and curled a sublime shot into the top right hand corner for the opener.
Fergal was tidy on the ball throughout, and teed up Joseph Steele who drew another good stop from the Portstewart keeper in the 22nd minute.
Dunloy would double their advantage just after the half hour mark via the boot of left back Michael Cochrane who dashed down the left and with his right foot slotted the ball past the keeper who was powerless to stop the low drive at his near post.
Dunloy did not let up after the break and in the 53rd minute Fergal Dillon latched onto a superb through ball from Sean OgMcerlain down the right but his finish lacked power and the keeper made a comfortable save.
The introduction of Sean Elliot down the left flank gave another dimension to the Dunloy attack as he caused havoc with his fresh legs against the Portstewart defence. On the 76th minute he forced the keeper in to a smart stop and the ball rolled into the path of Scullion who just couldn’t squeeze his effort home and rattled the side netting.
Three minutes later and the game was settled.
A slick passing move involving Sean Og and Chrissy McMahon came to the darting Sean Elliot on the left and his side foot effort stung the palms of the Portstewart keeper and bobbled into the goal for an emphatic third.
It was a largely quiet day at the office for the Dunloy’s defence, and their dominance was compounded by the fact that it took until the 81st minute for keeper McGillgan to make a save of note as the in form side grabbed another clean sheet to accompany another big three points.
Dunloy Reserves: 1 Conor McGilligan 2 Alex Shirt 3 Michael Cocharne 4 Benny Marron C 5 Chrissy Quigg 6 Eoghan Scott 7 Sean Og McErlain 8 Caolan Millen 9 Fergal Dillon 10 Sean Scullion 11 Joseph Steele.
Subs: 12 Christopher McMahon 14 Damien Hollinger 15 Eoghan McGrath 16 Michael Donnelly 17 Sean Elliott
Portstewart Town Blues: 1 Robert McLelland 3 Keith Simmons 4 Dylan Murphy 5 Jack McKinney 6 Steven McLaughlin 8 Rodney Jackson 10 Phillip Stockman 12 Aaron Murdoch 14 Dermot O’Kane 15 Christopher Gray 16 Christie Moore
Subs: 2 Scott Watton 7 Peter Cohrane 11 Cailean O’Kane 17 Jordan Mark
Referee: Gary Johnston