Conor Green’s hat-trick helped fire Strand Roves five points clear in the Donegal Saturday League.
Cappry Rovers 1 Strand Rovers 6
By Charlie Collins at Cappry Park
A comfortable win at Cappry Rovers fired Strand five in front of Glencar, who have two games in hand.
Strand were 3-1 in front at the break and added another trio of goals in the second half.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic early on.
Cappry’s Joel Bradley-Walsh flashed just wide while the same player teed up Paul Duncan, whose shot was saved by Kevin McGovern.
Strand had some early openings of their own, too. Conor Green was denied by Gabriel Doherty and the same player miscued from close range.
Dara Hanlon blasted over when he should have scored while Doherty saved from Ryan Green’s drive.
Strand broke the deadlock when Ryan Green fired a block-buster to the roof of the Cappry net on 27 minutes.
Six minutes later, the advantage doubled as the Greens combined with Ryan laying off for Conor, who drilled to the net.
Cappry, though, pulled one back as Bradley-Walsh finished well.
But Strand restored the two-goal cushion before the break, Shaun Sharkey hammering home from the edge of the box.
12 minutes into the second half, Conor Green blasted home from Shaun Doherty’s excellent cross.
Ryan Green tucked in from close range on the hour and, in the final minute, Conor Green completed his hat-trick from 14 yards.
Cappry Rovers: Gabriel Doherty, Jamie Keegan, Darren Kelly, Peter Lafferty, Shane O’Donnell, Kieran Melaugh, Daire McClafferty, Neil Patrick McDaid, Paul Duncan, Kyle O’Meara, Joel Bradley-Walsh.
Strand Rovers: Kevin McGovern, Steven Glackin, James McCole, Daniel Ward, Shaun Sharkey, Shane O’Donnell, Doalty Boyle, Steven Doherty, Conor Green, Dara Hanlon, Ryan Green.
Referee: Tony McNamee