Raphoe hit Cliftonville with scoring blitz

Raphoe travelled to Belfast on Saturday and went on a goalscoring spree against a Cliftonville side destined for relegation.

Raphoe travelled to Belfast on Saturday and went on a goalscoring spree against a Cliftonville side destined for relegation.

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Raphoe travelled to Belfast on Saturday and went on a goalscoring spree against a Cliftonville side destined for relegation.

Raphoe set their intentions out from the first minute as a strong Matthew Lecky run down the right hand side of the pitch and across the by line resulted in his teams first short corner which he despatched into the net with a drag flick.

Three minutes later Raphoe had doubled their lead when Gavin Lecky’s watery effort somehow found it’s way over the line despite the best efforts of two defenders trying to clear it. And Raphoe were three to the good on eight minutes, Gavin Lecky deflecting the ball past the keeper from a pinpoint William Kilpatrick pass. At the other end Raphoe’s defence had little to do and with Ian McGonigle and Richard Patterson marshalling ex Irish International Julian Stevenson, Raphoe where well on top in all areas of the pitch.

Cliftonville couldn’t handle the marauding runs down the flanks from John Watt and George Patterson and with the space created by the forwards there was always going to be more goals. Midway through the half Matthew Lecky scored his second of the game, from a free hit just inside the Cliftonville half Lecky was allowed run all the way into the circle and as the defence tried to close him down he swivelled at the top of the circle and fired the ball past the keeper into the bottom right hand corner.

No own goals can be scored in hockey so Trevor Patterson has been credited with goal number five, although he nicked the ball off the defender on the right hand side of the circle his cross to the back post (which was not goal bound) was turned past the keeper by an unfortunate defender. Gavin Lecky completed his hat trick two minutes from half time Richard Patterson crossing the ball for him to hit first time past the advancing keeper. The half ended 6 - 0 to Raphoe.

Into the second half and Cliftonville tried to stop the onslaught by keeping the ball but with Raphoe’s midfield working tirelessly John Watt collected the ball from a stray pass, got into the circle, drew the keeper out of the nets and squared the ball unselfishly for Gavin Lecky to tap home for his fourth and Raphoe’s seventh goal of the game.

Not to be out done by his younger brother Matthew Lecky then completed his hat trick a neat one - two with George Patterson on the right allowed Lecky into the circle and he fired a reverse stick shot into the bottom right hand corner for goal number eight. George Patterson scored goal number nine - when Matthew Lecky’s run across the by line was abruptly stopped by the keeper the ball fell to nicely to Patterson to slap home from an acute angle for only his third goal of the season. This was becoming the Lecky - Patterson goalscoring show as Richard Patterson scored with four minutes left on the clock from a short corner - he collected the ball on the top of the circle, side stepped the first runner and fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner giving the keeper no chance.

A minute later Raphoe conceded a soft short corner but Johnny Rankin who only touched the ball once in the half saved well to keep the clean sheet in tact. John Watt scored the final goal of the game in the last minute - a quick break from the back involving Watt, Richard and George Patterson ended with Watt deflecting the ball into the top right hand corner from a George Patterson pass.

Joint men of the match were Gavin and Matthew Lecky.

Next week Raphoe are on their travels again, this time in the Irish Hockey Trophy when they travel to Limerick for a quarter final tie against Catholic Institute push back is at 1.00pm.

Team: Johnny Rankin, William Kilpatrick, Rodney Bates, Matthew Lecky, Keith Meehan, Ian McGonigle (Capt.), Richard Patterson, George Patterson, John Watt, Trevor Patterson, Gavin Lecky, Alan Meehan, David Buchanan, Richard Eaton.

Other results:

Raphoe 2’s 1-2 Cookstown 2’s

Raphoe 3’s 3-2 Kilkeel 3’s