Ross grabs first-half hat-trick as Richhill cruise to home win

Andrew Allen (left) helping Richhill to success. Pic by Phil Ray.
Andrew Allen (left) helping Richhill to success. Pic by Phil Ray.
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David Ross found the net four times as Richhill romped home against Lurgan Town by a 5-1 margin.

The on-song striker entered the half-time interval having secured the match ball courtesy of his first-half hat-trick.

Ross added to that tally after the break, with Andrew Allen the other Richhill scorer in a fine weekend performance.

It was 1-0 inside the first two minutes as Ross collected an upfield punt by goalkeeper Neil McCartney and produced a smart finish.

He doubled his personal tally with a slick close-range strike to cap a clever turn and good work by Mark Cooke.

Ross’ hat-trick finish arrived around the half-hour mark when the forward reacted first to convert a loose ball after Neil Lester’s initial header bounced off the crossbar.

Allen sent Richhill into half-time clear by 4-0 after capitalising on a Lurgan Town defensive error.

The Lurgan visitors worked hard across the second half but Richhill managed to maintain control.

A free-kick on 70 minutes handed the away side a consolation before a foul on Allen allowed Ross to wrap up the afternoon scoring from the penalty spot.

Neil Rowntree’s in-form villagers will enter the closing stages with a top-three league finish the target.

Richhill’s quiz night will take place on Saturday, April 18 in Ye Olde House Bar from 8.30, with everyone welcome.

RICHHILL: Neil McCartney, Mark Cooke, Neil Lester, Adam Breakey, Chris McCallister, Lee Wortley, Paul Duffy, Matt Wright, Andrew Allen, Richard Morrison, David Ross. Subs: Jeff Richardson, Kyle Maguire, Kyle Davidson, Michael Dobbs.

Richhill Swifts recorded a 5-1 victory against Keady Rovers in the Lonsdale League thanks to Peter Grimley’s hat-trick and a Sam Keys finish.