By Stephen Howard
PRESTWICH Heys powered into the Kenyon Cup quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-0 win at Bolton County last week.
Needing a point to ensure qualification, the result was never in doubt with all Heys’ goals coming in the opening 32 minutes.
The result means Heys topped their group with Bolton, who went into the game with a 100 per cent record, also going through as runners-up.
From the start Heys were in control as they produced their best display of the pre-season campaign as some slick passing football ripped the home side apart.
It took only four minutes for them to open the scoring. Erike Sousa burst down the wing and when he crossed Darius Photiou forced a defender to put the ball in his own net.
Surprisingly, it was not until the 22nd minute that Heys increased their lead – but it was worth the wait.
A superb passing move put Jamie Treanor in space and when he played the ball across the face of goal, Chris Denham was on hand to slot home.
Three minutes later, Heys added a third. A deep cross from Dave McNally found Photiou, revelling in a new midfield role, and he placed a great header inside the far post.
The 32nd minute saw Heys put the game beyond doubt with a fourth goal.
Chris McKay bamboozled the Bolton defence with some quick feet, leading to a free kick being awarded in the box after a back pass. From the set-piece McKay drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
From then on it came a case of how many Heys might score, but the home side held firm to the interval.
Heys made five changes in the second half and continued to play some good football, if not as clinical as they had been in the opening half.
Martin Love went close with Heys’ best chance but they were unable to maintain the momentum of the first half.
The hosts enjoyed some possession later in the game without troubling the Heys goal as Jon Lyons side eased into the last eight where they will be at home Little Lever on Tuesday, kick off 6.45pm.
Meanwhile, Paul Tierney scored four times as a first-half goal blitz gave Heys a 4-2 win over Leigh Athletic at Sandgate Road on Saturday.
In a blistering display of attacking football, Heys cut their visitors to shreds to pave the way for a morale-boosting victory just two weeks before the League season starts.
Heys next game is against league champions Hindsford in the Atherton Charity Cup tonight at Sandgate Road, kick off 6.45pm.
On Saturday, Heys will play two fixtures at Salford Sports Village against Beechfield United with the first team playing at 1pm and Reserves at 3pm.
ADIE MORAN DAY
Heys will stage Adie Moran Day on Sunday at Sandgate Road.
The annual day in memory of the club's former chairman, manager and player will start at 10am with a junior tournament.
A Vets game will follow at 1pm with one of the teams managed by Adie’s brother John.
The final match sees a Heys Xl take on a Heys Old Boys team.
There will be a bouncy castle, barbecue, licenced bar and other activities throughout the day.
Heys will also be unveiling their new sponsor and kit.