North End keep their double dreams alive
NORTH END United kept their double dreams very much on course with a rampant display in disposing of Bunclody in this Aircon Mech Wexford Cup second round game played in Bunclody on Sunday morning last, writes Brendan Furlong.
John Godkin's charges are playing some of their best football for many seasons, having regained their Premier Division status after spending a short few seasons down in Division 1. This accompanied with tremendous team spirit and an ability to play attractive open football has set them up as the team of the season so far.
With Bunclody it was always going to be a struggle but they offered stern resistance for lengthy periods of this game. However, they could do little with the creative attacking football of the opposition and the clincial finishing which saw them concede six goals as they spent lengthy periods on the defensive.
Given the quality of their football, North End could have scored more, as they were unfortunate with a couple of efforts, which brought excellent saves from home 'keeper, Stephen Redmond. Indeed, it was the excellent netminding of Redmond that kept the eventual final scoreline down to six.
In fairness to this young Bunclody side, they made things difficult for the cup favourites through the opening 45 minutes.
Although North End were enjoying most of the possession, they had to wait until the 29th minute before taking the lead through an excellent Alan Murphy strike from the edge of the area.
Bunclody came close to equalising with a fine shot from Aidan Byrne and a header from Chris Atkinson, both of which brought the best out of 'keeper Lee Walker
The North End pressure paid off within four minutes of the re-start when Alan Murphy made it 2-0 from close range. Sensing that they now could throw caution to the wind, the killer third goal arrived in the 54th minute with a Darren Browne header, while the experienced centre-forward made it 4-0 ten minutes later.
With the home side running out of ideas, it came as no surprise when the energetic Trevor Berry showed his explosive finishing when making it 5-0 15 minutes from the end.
Bunclody did manage to pull a goal back through Aidan Byrne, a fine individual effort, before Jason Murphy came off the bench to work his way through the defence before firing home with a splendid strike.