HOLDERS Strathroy Harps remain on course for a hat-trick of Mulhern Cup triumphs after brushing aside the challenge of minnows Enniskillen Athletic at Ferney Park this evenings.
Goals by Patrick Nugent, Tommy Murphy and Aidy McCaffrey means the cup holders advance to meet Beragh Swifts in the May 12 showpiece decider.
As expected Harps bossed this contest from the off and nine minutes in Murphy drilled into the side netting from a tight angle after Aidy McCaffrey had chested the ball down.
At the other end Neil McDermott stung the hands of Tim Harney from 20 yards and straight from the Strathroy keeper’s long kick-out McCaffrey stole a yard on his marker to steer wide of a gaping net.
On 29 minutes the holders eventually made the breakthrough. McCaffrey’s whipped inswinging cross from the right was flicked on by Darren Teague and Patrick Nugent stuck out a leg to divert the ball home.
Harps continued to rule the roost in terms of possession but Athletic posed a threat with player-manager Paul Crane fizzing just over from the edge of the box.
Four minutes into the new half though the holders had one foot back in the final when a Beckham-esk right-sided cross from Mark Sloan was headed home by Murphy.
A spectacular curling free kick by McCaffrey them made 3-0 on 55 minutes before Athletic midfielder McDermott was dismissed for a reckless tackle on Teague.
Strathroy Harps: T Harney; M Flanagan; S McCrory; M Logue; S O’Neill; K Sloan; M Sloan; P Nugent; T Murphy (K McCullagh 73); A McCaffrey (T Quinn 70); D Teague (C Taggart 63).
Subs not used: T Antczak.
Enniskillen Athletic: R McNulty; B Owens; R Leonard; A Nolan (P Beacom 86); D Lewsley; D Goan; G Green; N McDermott; P Crane; JJ Strain (R Willcombe 86); G Trugic (S Curley 59).
Subs not used: F Nolan; K Doherty; A Fitzpatrick.
Referee: L Henderson (Trillick)
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