NADAFL Division 1
Ardglass Swifts 2 Downpatrick FC 2nds 7
Downpatrick went into Saturday’s game against there closest rivals in the table knowing a win would put them eight points clear at the top and they didn’t disappoint when they hit Ardglass for seven. The first goal came on the twenty minute mark when Sean McMahon broke down the left flank a delivered a pin point cross to Chrissie Mullan who hammered home a great volley.
Downpatrick where playing some great one touch football and where a joy to watch at times and they got there just reward for there efforts on the half hour when Johnny Kent and McMahon linked up out on the left and the ball was cut back to veteran Vincey Perry who made no mistake with a cool finish. Ardglass came out then and gave it a go for the last fifteen and where rewarded when Smith ran on to a through ball and slotted under the out rushing Downpatrick keeper Robbie Hagan to cut the deficit to one goal.
Downpatrick came out all guns blazing in the second half and totally blew away Ardglass with quality quick tempo football and the third goal came from Kevin Gracey and what a goal it was. Downpatrick had a free kick 20 yards inside their own half and he spotted the keeper off his line and unleashed a pile driver right over the keeper and into the net. The fourth soon followed when Mullan picked up his second after a good move down the right wing and a driving shot from a tight angle into the far corner.
Downpatrick were now in rampant form and where in no mood for stopping, the fifth goal came when Conor Killen showed a touch of class on the edge of the box to provide a great pass and Gerard Collins scored a cracking volley from the edge of the box straight into the top corner to give the keeper no chance.
The final two goals where scored by Sean McMahon who got his just rewards for all his hard work, the first came when a long clearance out of defence was misjudged by the Ardglass custodian and McMahon done well to head in from the edge of the box. The seventh and final goal came when McMahon picked the ball out wide and put in a curling cross which eluded everyone and found the far corner of the net.
The lasts ten minutes where a scrappy affair as the game was now over as a contest and Ardglass went on to get a consolation goal again through Smith. Going on current form it looks like Downpatrick are going to be hard to stop and with only seven games remaining all other teams are playing catch up.