Classy Instonians hit nine past sorry Avoca in Irish Senior Cup

InstonainsMatthew Johnston and Avoca's Sean Brennan
InstonainsMatthew Johnston and Avoca's Sean Brennan

Instonians produced a spine-chilling performance, as they crushed Avoca 9-1in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup, to go into Wednesday’s second round draw.

Steve Kelso was the ace marksman, notching up four superb goals, bringing his tally to 16 this season.

Avoca are languishing mid-table in the Leinster League, were simply shocking, as Inst carved up their defence with ease.

With only five minutes on the clock, James Corry dissected the circle to give Inst the lead and in the 20th minute doubled his and Inst’s tally, thumping the ball home.

Premiership leaders Inst were in a different class as the goals flowed in, with James Dowling and Kelso scoring before the interval.

Two minutes after the restart, Kelso notched up his second with his hat-trick in the bag shortly after. Inst could sniff more goals and they flowed in.

Rob Cummins made it 6-0 with two more from Kelso and another from Alan Patterson, bringing the total to nine. Avoca did pull one back but when the final whistle blew, Avoca’s nightmare had finally ended.

Kilkeel crushed visitors Cork Harlequins in a 14-1 mauling, Luke Russell the top scorer notching up four goals and a hat-trick from David Finlay, ensured that the south Down team would be in the hat for the second round.

Harlequins were a shadow of the team that won the ISC twice in six years and were simply no match for Kilkeel.

There were no repeats of the high scoring defeats of previous seasons, as Lisnagarvey moved into the next round comfortably defeating Civil Service 5-0, including a brace from Andy Williamson.

Belfast Harlequins were no match for Annadale, as the Irish League team won 4-1, which included two debut goals from Dale’s Australian Robbie McGuire.

Banbridge found it tough going in Dublin, as the students from UCD made Bann work hard for their 5-3 win.

Newry and Raphoe both bowed out in similar 7-1 score lines, to Glenanne and Railway Union respectively.

North also went out as they lost 6-3 to visitors Dublin YM at Comber.

But Mossley are in the second round draw, as they defeated Rathgar 2-1 in Dublin, thanks to a goal each from David Glenny and Jordan Robinson.