Neither side had played a match since mid-November but there was only one side that looked eager to get back to action in this Laois derby.
Hayward Celtic 0
Hayward found themselves four down at the break and things went from bad to worse for the Mountmellick side as they shipped a further six after the interval to condemn them to their heaviest defeat in their short history.
Arriving at Smiths Field on Sunday afternoon right in contention for league promotion, Arlington would normally have fancied their chances but a mixture of injury and emigration has shorn the Port side of a number of key players and so they would have been mightily relieved when they saw just how easy it was to break the hosts down.
Arlington had already spurned a few good chances before the floodgates opened with just over ten minutes gone. Joe Gorman bagged the first of his four goal haul when he latched onto a quick Dave Thorpe free and lifted it over keeper David Lawlor. Gorman added his second eight minutes later and already you feared for the Hayward men as Arlington looked capable of scoring with every attack.
Oleg Shiskarev added another with a delightful curling shot from the edge of the area and Stefan Zmudski tapped home from close range on the stroke of half-time to effectively kill off the tie. The thankless task of trying to motivate the forlorn Hayward men fell to manager Dan Cussen, but no words could have resolved their problems.
New signing Johnny Carroll rounded off his impressive Arlington debut with a neat finish five minutes after the break and Joe Gorman completed his hat-trick with half an hour to go. Dave Thorpe got in on the scoring action with a neat volley three minutes later to make it 7-0 and it was a matter of how many more Arlington could add before the final whistle would relieve Hayward's misery.
The answer to that was three. Stefan Zmudski finished from Joe Gorman's cross to nab his second of the game and Gorman got another assist soon after when he teed up substitute Darryl Foy to smash past the unfortunate David Lawlor.
There was just time for the Port men to hit double figures and fittingly it was star man Joe Gorman who rounded off the scoring with his fourth.
HAYWARD CELTIC: David Lawlor, Patrick Dunne, Joe Ward, Danny McRedmond, Derek Conroy, Brian Moss, John Molloy, Aidan Dunphy, Joe Troy, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tim Carroll. Sub: Jason Kelly for McRedmond (64 mins)
ARLINGTON: Brian McCauley, Joe Tully, Lorcan Carey, Colin Doyle, Alan Kelly, Dave Thorpe, Oleg Shiskarev, Johnny Carroll, Stefan Zmudski, Joe Gorman, Eoin Lawlor. Subs: Daryl Foy for Thorpe (65 mins)
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