North End are too good for Newtown
FAI Junior Cup at Hollygrove
North End United contined their exploits in the FAI Junior Cup with a convincing win over Newtown United at Hollygrove on Sunday.
North End United 4 Newtown United 0
The Wexford town side won their first battle in getting the pitch playable after the atrocious weather, and when the game got under way they illustrated that they were up for the challenge on the field of play as well.
The 4-0 scoreline slightly flattered the Wexford side but it was their greater accuracy in front of goal which proved to be the crucial factor.
North End broke the deadlock after 19 minutes when Robin Dempsey made a good run down the wing and put a cross in from an acute angle, with Warren Broaders sliding in at the back post to apply the finish.
The second came just four minutes later and it was a well-worked goal. Paul Rossiter and Robin Dempsey played a one-two, and when Rossiter sent the ball into the box Paul Murphy rose highest to head the ball to the back of the net.
Murphy turned provider for North End's third goal on 34 minutes when he chipped the ball to the back post and Andy Moore outjumped the defence and powerfully headed home to give his side a 3-0 advantage.
Newtown came out with real attacking intent in the early stages of the second-half and created two good chances in the first five minutes, but goalkeeper Lee Walker was equal to the task, producing a couple of fine saves.
First he got down quickly to his left to deny a close-range shot before stretching himself well to deny an effort from flying into the corner of the net.
North End United then found their feet again and came agonisingly close to increasing their advantage when Paul Murphy hit the post.
However, Newtown managed to get back on the front foot and had a ten-minute spell when they pushed the Belvedere Road side back, but the Sky Blues defended well to keep them at bay.
North End United then broke out of their defensive shackles and Paul Murphy played in substitute Adam Beary, who rifled the ball to the back of the net in the 65th minute to wrap up a good afternoon's work for John Godkin's charges.