A THIRD Mercer League title is now firmly in Strathroy Harps’ sights after Seamus Fanthorpe’s side swept aside the challenge of Enniskillen Town with a convincing second half performance at Omagh Leisure Complex on Saturday.
If anything, the visitors shaded the verdict in the opening 45 minutes with striker Johnny Hoy spurning two early opportunities, however, the half-time introduction of Darren Teague and Conor O’Donnell helped Harps take command and goals by Aidy McCaffrey, Tommy Murphy and Patrick Nugent ultimately secured a 12th win of the season.
That victory leaves Strathroy eight points clear of defending champions Lisbellaw United at the summit and with eight games remaining it’s hard to imagine that Harps won’t finish the job in the coming weeks.
Harps’ first goal came shy of the hour mark. O’Donnell picked out Simon O’Neill with a searching cross from the right and the midfielder nodded down for McCaffrey who controlled and rifled past Cadden’s left hand.
O’Donnell then had a lobbed effort hoofed off the line by a backtracking defender before Murphy grabbed Harps second.
McCaffrey found Teague on the edge of the box from a corner before receiving the return pass and whipping over a pinpoint cross which Murphy glanced home from six yards.
Town responded with replacement Gary Lynch ballooning over from a long throw-in by Frank Wallace before Strathroy stopper Johnston finger-tipped over a rising effort by Darren McQuade.
Those attempts underlined Harps need for an insurance goal and Nugent duly delivered in spectacular fashion 13 minutes from time.
The ball was worked in from the right and the midfielder stepped forward to let fly first time from 25 yards to send the ball arrowing into Cadden’s top left hand corner.
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