Aileach will progress to the next round of the Ulster Junior League following a comprehensive victory over Glenea.
Aileach 5-0 Glenea
The Burnfoot men scored three first-half goals on their way to knocking Glenea out of the cup, playing some excellent possession football throughout the match.
The home side started the brightest, controlling the ball around the middle of the park with comfort. They were rewarded for their fine play just ten minutes in. Darren McMonagle finding the net with a first time finish following some intricate play down the left hand side.
The lead was doubled soon after, McMonagle this time the provider, crossing for Ronan Coyle to finish. Glenea players argued for a foul in the build-up to the goal but the referee waved play on and the Aileach attack took full advantage.
Ronan Coyle was unlucky not to treble the lead on the 20 minute mark, the striker’s dipping long-range strike beat Glenea goal-keeper Shaun McClafferty, but rattled the crossbar.
The third did arrive before half-time, Cathal McElhinney reacted first to a Shaun McClafferty save and put his shot past the Glenea keeper to put Aileach into a comfortable lead.
Glenea improved in the second half and were more comfortable in possession. Ciaran McFadden was unlucky not to pull one back following some fine work by Paddy Cannon. Lee O’Brien connected well with a header soon after, but his effort went over the bar.
Aileach still looked the more dangerous when they knocked the ball around and the fourth came from Gareth Doherty after brilliant work down the left from Gareth McGlynn.
Ciaran McFadden was unlucky not to get a consolation goal for Glenea, but his effort was well saved by Peter Devlin. Instead it was Aileach who got the next goal with McGlynn adding a fifth with a neat finish from the edge of the box.
Aileach finished the game out in a composed manner, continuing to keep the ball well. Glenea will be disappointed with the result, but were missing a few key players. Aileach on the other hand will go into the next round full of confidence following an impressive performance.
Aileach Peter Devlin, Darren McMonagle (Denver Kelly 72), Mark McElhinney (Patrick Curran 72), Darren Gallagher, Cathal McElhinney, Thomas McMonagle, Gareth McGlynn, Thomas McMaken, Gavin Doherty, Ronan Coyle (Anthony Doherty 65), Caomihe McFeely (Dermot Doherty 65).
Glenea Shaun McClafferty, Martin Ferry, Dean McCarry, John Harley, Paddy Cannon, Ryan McFadden (Lee O’Brien 48), Martin McGuire, Barry McGinley, Nathan O’Brien (Ciaran Coll 68), Ciaran McGeady (Conor McClafferty 72) Ciaran McFadden.Tags: