Killen no match for league leaders.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

NFC Kesh extended their lead at the top of Fermanagh and Western Division One with a resounding 9-0 win over Killen Rangers at Connolly Park, with Mark Jones bagging four.


With the majority of lesague games across the region called off due to the adverse weather, the go-ahead at Kesh gave the home side the chance to build on last week's important win over league champions Strathroy Harps, and they displayed their attacking power despite missing a number of key players.

Their first chance after five minutes when Jones stung the palms of David Ward from the edge of the box.

On 16 minutes the hosts would get off the mark though when Jones and Josh Flack linked up for the former to be put through to blast past Ward. On 27 minutes it was 2-0 up when Clint Thompson converted from a corner.

Killen then went close when Trevor Irwin headed over from a Graham Young cross. At the other end Josh Flack was thwarted from a brilliant Ward save when his deflected shot looked destined for the net.

Scott and Jamie Sproule both then put over from decent chances for Rangers but the Kesh defence were largely untroubled.

On 43 minutes a deep Lee Walker corner was helped back across the box by Mark McCauley and Thompson was again there to finish for 3-0, then a minute later it was four when McCauley deftly flicked a Walker free kick into the bottom corner.

In the second half Kesh kept up the intensity and began mounting attack after attack. Jones' grabbed his second, a team move with McCauley going through on the left and finding the killer ball to the unmarked Jones at the back post to score.

The hotshot then got his hat trick after 65 minutes when he was put through by his strike partner Flack and coolly placed past Ward.

Five minutes Thompson had the chance to notch a hat-trick of his own from the penalty spot but he fluffed his lines and Ward palmed out.

On 77 minutes Flack got the goal his performance deserved when he recovered from a stumble over the Killen keeper to prod in just in time before the onrushing defender.

With ten minutes left, Kesh weren't done yet.

Walker drove through the middle and played Jones in who dinked a clever finish across Ward and in off the post.

The final goal of the day came from the penalty spot when Jones went down in the box, and Walker stepped up to it send Ward the wrong way and wrap up a very impressive win for the league leaders.


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