Fifths ease into Junior Shield semi-finals

THE Fifths cruised through to the semi-finals of the Junior Shield with ease in the late game at Comber Road against the high flying Cliftonville Seconds.

The match started out as a cagey affair with both sides trying to feel each other out as they are not regular opponents.

The deadlock was broken when Rupert Pinion stole the ball from the last Cliftonville defender and raced through on goal. He was heavily tackled by the Cliftonville keeper at the top of the circle and while the Cliftonville defence claimed a fair tackle the umpire was left with no choice but to award a penalty stroke. Jake Surgeon despatched the stroke low into the corner with great pace for a 1-0 lead.

Andy Watt then had an excellent deflection high into the roof of the net from a short corner variation to make it 2-0.

The goal of the game was scored by Jordan Todd who rode several very heavy chances to burst into the circle and rifle the ball past the stranded Cliftonville keeper.

Jordan then repeated the dose from closer in to give Garvey a 4-0 half time lead. Garvey had done a great job of converting their chances and although dominant the 4-0 half time score line was a little harsh on the Cliftonville side who had chances of their own to score.

Fraser Rodgers, with some timely interceptions in the Garvey nets, was busier than a 4-0 scoreline would suggest.

Garvey completed the scoring through a smart finish by Peter Dobbin on a short corner breakdown and at 5-0 down Cliftonville knew the game was up.

Garvey had plenty of further chances but a tiring Cliftonville managed to hold out without conceding further.

This was a good result for the Fifths and they can look forward to the semi-final this coming Saturday with some confidence.