Rock Celtic's David Ward. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Rock Celtic 5 Johnstown 2
Rock Celtic kept themselves firmly in the Division One title hunt with a comfortable victory over Johnstown at Sandy Lane on Friday night.
The evergreen David Ward continued his tremendous campaign on the goal-scoring front with a hat-trick as Paudie
Brendan Rogers put the Rock in front on eight-minutes, slotting home right-footed having been picked out by Aidan Curtin's left-wing cross.
Ward made it 2-0 three-minutes later when capitalising on a mistake by the Johnstown 'keeper. Having cut-out the
And the same player made it 3-0 before the end of the opening-quarter as Rock threatened to run riot.
To their credit, Johnstown battled to the break and got their reward on the stroke of half-time when firing home a free-kick to cut their deficit to 3-1.
Though, any comeback aspirations they harboured were vanquished before the hour-mark as Derek Delany bent a free-kick to the corner of the net.
Another successful set-piece conversion saw Johnstown cut the hosts' lead further, but Ward would have the final say, dinking his third goal over the advancing 'keeper.
Rock Celtic: Conor Rafferty; Liam McDonnell, Shane O'Callaghan, Paddy Reilly, Odhran Duffy; Brendan Rogers, Derek Delany, Paul Gore, Aidan Curtin; David Ward, Des McKeown
Subs: Gary Lennon, Daniel Kerr, Chris Berrill, Liam Keenan, Seán Matthews