Lower Maze 0 Crewe United 5
Crewe United maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Tuesday night with a comprehensive derby win against Lower Maze.
From the first whistle Crewe came out firing on all cylinders and looked in ominous form. It was no surprise after 5 minutes Crewe took the lead after good work from Craig Leworthy to find Terry McGrath on the right wing who delivered a pinpoint cross onto the head of centre forward Seamy Moore who nodded home at the back post. Two minutes later the Glenavy side doubled their lead when a cross from Tommy McBride from the left was met by Terry McGrath who controlled the ball and coolly slotted home past Thomas Neill in the Maze goal.
The home side were shell shocked and could not get a hold of the ball as Crewe pressed forward. The third goal game after 20 minutes when McBride again delivered a quality ball, this time from a corner, and after a scramble in the crowded six yard box Mark McCullough forced the ball home for his first of the game. His second came soon after and virtually finished off the contest when he latched on to a long through ball from Nathan Finlay which could the Maze defence flat footed and McCullough rounded Thomas Neill to slot home as Crewe went into the break 4-0 to the good.
After half time Maze came out and took the fight to Crewe. Jonny Banks in the Maze midfield worked hard to create chances but the visitors defence stood strong. The scoring in the game was finished after 70 minutes when Mark McCullough grabbed his hatrick. After a tricky run down the right had side of the home defence he broke through on goal and slid the ball home from inside the 6 yard box.
Crewe could have added to their tally but will be pleased to keep their first clean sheet of the season.
Overall it was a very good performance from Crewe which they will hope to carry into this Saturdays Irish Cup tie away to Newbuildings.