Middlesbrough claim SuperCupNI Bowl
Joshua Bunting reports from Broughshane...
Middlesbrough claimed the Supercup NI Junior section bowl at Broughshane on Friday morning after a 4-0 victory over County Down.
The Teesiders started the better of the two sides and won a penalty inside four minutes as Kris Cowan adjudged to have made the foul and up stepped Joseph Ridley to fire the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Down keeper Ryan Dalzell.
Dalzell then had to be alert on 13 minutes as he clawed a Terry Stephenson corner from danger as a host of Boro attackers were waiting to pounce.
It was to be two on 25 minutes as McKenzie Dicicco turned the Down defence before he fired powerfully through the legs of the despairing dive of Dalzell.
The first County Down chance of note came just before the break as Aaron Brown got on the end of a low George Tipton cross but he fired wide from point blank range.
Middlesbrough started the second half the better with their quick movement as Thomas Walker linked up well with Cain Skyes but he dragged his effort just wide from the edge of the area.
To County Downs credit they weren’t giving up and they nearly pulled a goal back on 53 minutes as Ben McMorris went close as he whistled his effort just over the crossbar from twenty yards out if it was on target it would have surely beaten Boro keeper Samuel Barrett all ends up.
However Boro did have their third several minutes later as Ridley grabbed his second of the match as he was played in before chipping Dalzell to seal the victory for the North East club.
Aiden Steele was then next to test his luck for the County side after good link up play with Ross Hunter, Hunter pulled the ball back for Steele before he thumped his effort over the crossbar from just outside the box.
The scoring was complete with two minutes as Harry Healy latched on to a freekick before he hit a low volley across goal and into the net via the post to make sure the Bowl trophy was coming to Teeside.
Credit, Joshua Bunting @Distillerymad