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.

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.