David McDaid celebrates his hat-trick (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Holders Cliftonville breezed into the quarter-finals thanks to a David McDaid inspired defeat of Annagh United.
Daniel Hughes fired the Reds in front on 17 minutes after Caoimhin Bonner had cut back a Chris Curran free-kick.
McDaid grabbed the first of his tally just after the half-hour mark when he was quickest to react after United 'keeper Eoin Hughes parried an Aaron Donnelly effort.
It was 3-0 on 34 minutes. McDaid was brought down inside the area and he duly responded by knocking the subsequent spot-kick into the bottom right corner.
Hughes added a fourth for the visitors soon after from close range following a Curran lay-off.
McDaid claimed the match ball on 53 minutes after his 18-yard drive took a slight deflection over the 'keeper before Stephen Garrett completed the scoring before the hour, slotting the ball home at the far post after Hughes had crossed from the right.
Cliftonville could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty after that when McDaid saw his attempt saved.
Annagh United: Hughes, Richardson, C. Stewart, A. Smith, Campbell, M. Stewart, Whitten, McClurg, Park, McElroy, Taylor subs Doyle (replaced McElroy 59), Webb (replaced Taylor 83), White (replaced A. Smith 59), Eagles (not used), Judge (not used)
Cliftonville: Burke, McGovern, Bonner, Curran, McDaid, Garrett, Hughes, Catney, Cosgrove, A. Donnelly, G. Donnelly subs Ives (not used), McGuinness (not used), Knowles (replaced Cosgrove 61), Winchester (replaced G. Donnelly 79), J. Donnelly (replaced Hughes 61)
Referee: Andrew Davey