Lisnaskea Rovers 7 Erne Rovers 0 Lisnaskea Rovers moved into the third round of the Mulhern Cup with a comfortable victory.
Johnny Reilly produced a man of the match performance and four goals to lead his team to victory over Erne Rovers at Castle Park Centre on Saturday.
Rovers had come into the match on the back of a disappointing league defeat to Dergview Reserves, the team that Erne Rovers had eliminated in the previous round.
On Saturday however there was an obvious gulf in class between the division two and division three sides as Lisnaskea bounced back to seal a comfortable win and their place in the draw for the next round.
“We were very, very happy with the way it went, although they didn’t produce anything too special on the day so I’m not reading too much into it,” said Lisnaskea manager Darren Graham.
“Before the start of the game I said to the boys that I had got it wrong last week in terms of the players and the formation, so there was another change around this week and it worked out and the boys raised themselves for the occasion.
“It worked out well and their heads didn’t drop after last week. We missed a lot of chances that we would have scored every other week. I cleared the bench out and the boys that came in did very well.”
Lisnaskea started the game brightly and looked to be the more threatening side in the early stages.
After fifteen minutes they made the first breakthrough when Kevin Curran slotted past the keeper, and ten minutes later he had a great chance to double the lead and his goal tally for the day when he was fouled inside the penalty area. He picked himself up to take the spot kick, and although the keeper touched it on to the post Niall Murphy reacted quickest to fire in the rebound.
Johnny Reilly added his first of the afternoon just before the interval, and in the second half quickly added three more as Lisnaskea took complete control of the game.
Adam McKenna, who had come on at half time provided four assists in the game, his final one coming from a cross that Jason Flanagan converted.
Darren Graham was delighted with the cup win, but admits that promotion remains their number one target.
“The league is our priority but you never know who you will get in the next round.
“If we get a kind draw you never know where it could lead us, and everything in the cup is a wee bonus.
“I would swap it to get promotion in the league, but if we can get both that would be great,” concluded Graham.