Five first half goals were more than enough for Dynamo Town to advance to the next round of the Counties Cup as they comfortably dispatched Frankford Utd in Portlaoise on Sunday afternoon.
Dynamo Town 5
Frankford Utd 1
Town could have had more but with the game over as a contest at the break they took their foot off the gas after the restart and United managed to escape with their dignity intact.
The visitors should have taken the lead as early as the third minute when centre back Colin Hannify arrived late on the scene to meet an inviting cross from Paul Rigney but Hannify directed his header onto the post and away. Town broke free and Ferghal Fennell found himself through on goal right away but his low shot was turned past the post by the feet of Frankford keeper Frank Feighery.
They didn’t have to wait too long to start their first half goal glut up and running however, because after three successive corners Liamie Marum rose highest to send Fennell’s in-swinging corner from the left into the roof of the net.
Graham Brody had a decidedly quiet afternoon but he was required to make a decent stop in the tenth minute when Sean Tooher swivelled and hit a low shot toward the Dynamo goal but that was as close as they would come to getting back on terms and two minutes later Town doubled their advantage with a cheeky effort from Alan Bell.
Dave Brophy was needlessly hauled down on the right hand side of the 18-yard box and while the Frankford defence readied themselves for a cross, Bell saw the opportunity and curled a sublime effort into the top left hand corner of the net.
With the bare eleven players and already 2-0 down it was already looking like a lost cause for the visiting side and on the quarter hour mark Scott Lawless had Feighery picking the ball out of his net for a third time. Alan Bell’s attempted cross to Lawless was deflected off course but Lawless adjusted himself brilliantly and caught the dropping ball sweetly with a right-footed volley that nestled in the bottom corner of the United net.
It got even worse five minutes later when Fearghal Fennell got in on the act with an equally impressive strike. Alan Bell was again the provider and when his corner was missed by everyone in front of goal, Fennell was on hand at the back post to smash an unstoppable strike back across goal and into the net.
With the rain driving down and Frankford clearly struggling it looked like a cricket score was on the cards, and it could well have happened only for a couple of spurned half chances and some decent keeping combining to briefly quell the Dynamo tide. They managed to keep Town at bay until the last minute of the half when Alan Bell again found his man and Scott Lawless nodded the cross into the path of John Breen who glanced home from a couple of yards out to make it 5-0 at the break.
To their credit Frankford managed to keep their heads high and created a couple of chances after the break while also keeping Dynamo scoreless for the entire second period, which was no mean feat given the ease at which the Portlaoise men had scored in the first.
They got their just rewards seven minutes after the restart with a superbly taken goal from Mark Mitchell but the rest of the game trudged by in the increasingly heavy rain with little else of note. Dynamo made great strides in this competition last season and they look well on course to repeat that again this time around.
DYNAMO TOWN: Graham Brody, Tommy Scully (Brian McCormack ’45), Philip Scully, John Breen, Leon McDonald, Martin Hilliard, Dave Brophy, Liamie Marum, Scott Lawless (Joe Brophy ’61), Fearghal Fennell, Alan Bell (Keith Dempsey ’45).
FRANKFORD: Frank Feighery, Brian Flynn, Matheus Paxop, Colin Hanniffy, Alan Craven, Mark Mitchell, Mick Hannon, Tony Byrne, Paul Rigney, Sean Tooher, Patrick Maher.
Referee: Columba McDermott