NW FOOTBALL: McCallion nets five as Ardmore easily see off Dungiven Reserves

Ardmore's Calvin McCallion pictured on the ball during Saturday's match against Dungiven. INLS0116-110KM
Ardmore's Calvin McCallion pictured on the ball during Saturday's match against Dungiven. INLS0116-110KM

Ardmore cruised into the next round of City Cup, following an empathic 8-2 win over Dungiven Celtic Reserves, on Saturday.

Damien McGee’s side, who had a few men missing, still came out on top with Calvin McCallion helping himself to five goals in the entertaining affair at the Vale Centre.

This was the first game for both sides after the Christmas break and Ardmore could have won by a bigger margin; credit to Dungiven who worked hard during the 90 minutes.

Ardmore started the stronger and went close on three minutes when Darren Crossan skipped through a few challenges, before seeing his 20 yard strike flash just wide.

On 15 minutes Damien McGee Junior saw his long range strike, which was well hit, sail just over the crossbar.

Moments later Dungiven created a rare chance but Quigg’s 20 yard curling effort was superbly kept out by Ardmore goalkeeper Conor Brown.

Good build up play by Ardmore ended with attacking left-back Darren Cassidy breaking into the Dungiven box, but the keeper denied him a goal with a fine save.

Quigg again went close on 20 minutes but his strike was deflected over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken five minutes later when Crossan’s centre from the right found an unmarked McCallion at the back post, he controlled the ball before gleefully scoring.

Dungiven went close to levelling things but Martin Farrell’s volley, which was well struck was just off target.

Just after the half-hour mark Cassidy scored a tremendous goal, the ex-Derry City man’s unstoppable 25 yard drive flew into the net, after McGee’s initial right wing cross wasn’t cleared and fell perfectly to the left-back.

Minutes later Crossan and McCallion played a neat one-two on the edge of the box, before the Ardmore striker made no mistake from close range.

To their credit Dungiven pulled one back on the hour mark, a super pass from midfield split the Ardmore defence to release James O’Kane and he calmly chipped the on-rushing Ardmore goalkeeper Brown.

Soon after Ben Higgins got himself on the score-sheet for Ardmore when he was first to react after McCallion’s initial shot was pushed out, the midfielder’s half-volley flew high into the net.

Ardmore added a fifth and sixth in quick succession thanks to McCallion grabbing a brace, he showed super skill getting away from a few challenges in his build up to both goals.

Dungiven, who showed a great battling spirit throughout, netted a consolation goal to make it 6-2 when O’Kane headed home his second after a super cross from Paul Byrne, in fact the cross and header was similar to Sergio Aguero’s winner for Manchester City at Watford.

Gavin Doherty scored Ardmore’s seventh in the closing stages before McCallion completed his impressive rout scoring his fifth goal of the game and Ardmore’s eighth.