North Down travelled to Shaws Bridge on Tuesday evening to play Inst in a rearranged Premier league game. North Down were without Jonny Moore, Michael Black, Jonny Linter and Ross Blair but this cannot be used as an excuse for an inept performance which saw the home side romp to an 11 nil victory. This was the worst defeat any North Down team has suffered in the Premier league. None of the North Down players performed to the level to which we are accustomed and on the night everything Inst touched turned to gold.
The first quarter saw Inst take the lead after 5 minutes. Rodgers made a fine double save from a corner but the ball was played to the unmarked winger at the near post and he had the simple task of slapping into an empty net. Poor marking allowed Inst to extend their lead after 8 minutes when again the defence was wide open for the centre forward to run in and score. North Down then played their best hockey of the game winning 2 corners which were well saved by the home keeper.
The second quarter was a different story with Inst totally dominating play and scoring five more goals to put the game to bed.
The third and fourth quarters showed slight signs of improvement restricting the home side to two further goals in each quarter making the final score 11-0. This was a game to forget but Gareth McKeown has little time to lift his players for the away fixture on Saturday at Queens and get a much improved performance.