Connolly the hat-trick hero as Seagoe deliver derby knockout

Tandragee Rovers' Dean McCammon scored the Mid-Ulster representatives' only goal in a weekend defeat by 4-1 to a Leinster FA Select. Pic by Phil Ray.

Tandragee Rovers' Dean McCammon scored the Mid-Ulster representatives' only goal in a weekend defeat by 4-1 to a Leinster FA Select. Pic by Phil Ray.

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Teenager Matthew Connolly left Seagoe smiling with his Alan Wilson Cup hat-trick in a 5-3 success against on-song derby rivals Laurelvale.

Stephen Whitten extended his superb form by bagging an early brace for Laurelvale during the visitors’ slick start.

Glenn McCullough.

Glenn McCullough.

Whitten converted a penalty kick to break the deadlock then raced forward and provided the finishing touch to fine play between Adrian White and David Sinton.

Sinton came close to netting Laurelvale’s third but the next goal arrived when Connolly kicked off his scoring thanks to a penalty kick.

Connolly then steered a free-kick into the top corner for 2-2 before half-time.

Laurelvale’s attempts to regroup from a sluggish first half suffered a setback when young left-back Bailey Black raced into the penalty area to collect and convert Johnny Hanna’s pass with a composed strike.

Jamie Greenaway’s penalty save prevented Whitten from completing his treble but Laurelvale levelled when Simon Foster cut inside and blasted home a long-range shot.

A double blow then left Laurelvale with 10 men and a penalty kick conceded - which Connolly slotted in for his hat-trick.

Connolly then hit the crossbar during a counter-attack, with the impressive William Kerr tucking away the rebound.

SEAGOE: Jamie Greenaway, Robin Graham, Stuart Corkin, John Wilson, Bailey Black, Richard Woods, Johnny Hanna, Clive Davidson, Adam Magee, William Kerr, Matthew Connolly. Subs: Andrew Phun, Kyle Murray, Aaron Martin, Kamil Wisniewski.

LAURELVALE: Stephen Sinton, Gareth McIlwaine, Jim Wilson, David Sinton, Adrian White, Simon Foster, Stephen Whitten, Jack McClelland, David Sinton, Brendan Connolly, Mark Dane. Subs: David McQuiggan, William Dodds, Vincent Mare.