A storming start from DLSC created the foundation for an impressive 4-0 quarter-final victory over a gallant Bangor Academy side at a brisk and frosty Trench House.
The Edenmore boys got off to a perfect start when Michael Ward-Brammeld reacted quickly from a rebound to finish tidily to give his side the lead after five minutes. Soon after, Rhys Walsh doubled the lead after he cut in from the left and finished to the top corner. Despite a 2-0 lead after ten minutes, La Salle refused to rest on their laurels and continued to press for the rest of the first half. An inspired performance from the Bangor keeper, including a triple save, saw both sides head into the half-time break with no further scores.
Man of the match Calum Burnside decided to get his name on the scoresheet on 55 minutes after the lively Jude Johnson stole possession off the Bangor defence, broke into the box and laid the ball on for Burnside to put La Salle 3-0 up. Substitute Kristen Walsh completed the scoring just before the end with another tidy finish to the bottom corner.
De La Salle saw out the remaining minutes of the game in control with Liam Burns and Aaron Kelly controlling midfield, complemented by Jack Smith and Decky Healy who caused havoc on the wings throughout.
De La Salle College now await to see who their opponents will be in the NI Schools Cup semi-finals.
Team: Brendan Downey, Declan Healy, Aaron Black, Conor McVeigh, Ryan O'Hara, Liam Burns, Jack Smith, Aaron Kelly, Michael Ward Brammeld, Calum Burnside, Rhys Walsh.
SUBS: Aaron Meryvn, Tiernan Sergeant, Kristin Walsh, Paddy Crawford, Jude Johnson