HEIGHTS the holders of the Edwin May Nissan, Matt Morrison Memorial Junior Cup are through following Saturday’s 7-3 win over Aghadowey at the UUC 3G ground.
In a game in which the swirling wind played a factor, it was Heights who mastered the conditions better, keeping the ball on the ground as much as possible.
The game was rescheduled and played at the University 3G pitch in Coleraine after the weather threatened to postpone this game for the 2nd Saturday in a row.
Both teams agreed to get it played at the University. In the opening quarter of an hour, Heights were sluggish and couldn’t get their passing game going, they fell behind on 16 minutes when Aghadowey broke down the left and beat keeper Riley 1-0. This is what struck Heights into action and they started to create chances, Sean Heneghan having a long-range effort tipped wide by the keeper.
Craig Pollock almost scored on 20 minutes but his shot went just wide. Heights pressure however paid off when White found Heneghan and his exquisite backheel found the run of Johnny Gaile and the Heights Captain found the far corner to kick start his team into action.
Heights continued to put the pressure on Aghadowey and found them themselves 2-1 up on the half-hour mark.
Craig Pollock was played through and his bravery going in with the keeper saw the loose ball well placed into the net by Zack McConnell. Aghadowey behind after failing to capitalise on their early lead. With Heights in the Ascendancy they grabbed number 3 on 35 mins, Heneghan’s free-kick found John Neill who knocked the ball down for Craig Pollock and the young striker fired home to make it 3-1 at half-time.
The second half saw both teams emerge knowing the second goal was crucial, it was to come early in the second half and it was Aghadowey who got it on 50 minutes.
Chrissy Dempsey stealing in to dispatch the ball home after it cannoned off the post from a mix up in the away defense.
Heights annoyed this had happened upped their game and extended their lead on the hour mark. Robert Hunter’sangler fantastic cross found Craig Pollock and from a tight angle the young striker arched his neck and headed home in off the post, a brilliantly taken goal to make it 4-2.
This seemed to suck the life out of Aghadowey and Heights went further ahead, left back Robert Hunter who was causing problems all day beat two defenders and smashed the ball past the despairing dive of the keeper 5-2.
Getting frustrated now, Aghadowey were giving away silly free-kicks and letting Heights keep the pressure on them.
Heights took the free-kick quick and Craig Pollock beat his man in the area but he was brought down and the referee had no option but to award a penalty. It was Pollock who stepped up and he beat the keeper to seal a perfect hat-trick.
Aghadowey now down and out looked to try and muster a few attacks and they did convert on 75 minutes, the onrushing midfielder placing into the far corner to make it6-3.
With Heights now starting to manage the game and play out the last quarter of an hour, left-back Robert Hunter had other ideas on the 85th minute, the young full-back scored Heights seventh goal, picking up the ball he went on a fantastic run at Aghadowey. He beat six players to get into the box and unleashed a thunderbolt into the far corner of the net.
A brilliant individual goal that would win any game of football and a fantastic goal to cap off an excellent team performance and Heights go into the Semi-Final draw[modula id=”37888″]