St John’s substitute John Haggerdon netted an impressive second-half hat-trick to ensure the Johnners beat Union Mills 6-0 at Garey Mooar on Wednesday evening.
Both sides slogged it out in the opening throes of the rearranged Canada Life Premier League fixture, with the first shot on target in the 23rd minute resulting in the opening goal. A cross that hung in the air was received by Liam Harrison, and he nipped in ahead of Mills’ keeper Christian Cellamare to score.
On the stroke of the half-time, the Johnners doubled their lead after Johnny Holland was pushed to the floor in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Rhys Oates coolly slotted home the spot-kick.
After the break, the Millers enjoyed a promising spell and Chris Kelly had a goal ruled out for offside before curling an effort onto the post moments later. Steven Quine came close to reducing the deficit for the hosts, but narrowly headed wide from a cross.
The Clarets were left to rue the missed chances when their opponents were awarded a free-kick. Oates dropped his set-piece into the box, and replacement Haggerdon was on hand to slot home.
Andrew Chadwick drove a superb low drive into the bottom-left corner for the visitors’ fourth after receiving Oates’s pass. The latter also had a hand in the next goal when his corner was only half-cleared. Haggerdon picked up the pieces to convert his second of the match.
Oates was also involved in his side’s final goal. His cross from the left using the outside of the boot gave Haggerdon the perfect opportunity to net the visitors’ sixth and complete his hat-trick.