Luke Carr’s first hat-trick for the club was the highlight of the game as Consett recorded another excellent FA Vase victory on the road, winning 5-2 at Irlam.
The North West Counties League side, who had lost only twice in all competitions this season, were blown away by their visitors’ clinical finishing in the first half, which saw them go into the break 4-0 ahead.
Ali Alshabeeb set the Steelmen – who were backed by a noisy contingent of 60-70 supporters – on the way with a goal in the 2nd minute. Jermaine Metz pulled the ball back for the No 11 to fire home.
Two goals in three minutes either side of the half-hour mark put Consett firmly in the driving seat. First, on 29 minutes, the Irlam keeper flapped at a cross from the left, and the ball fell kindly for Ali Alshabeeb to score his second.
Two minutes later Alshabeeb turned provider for Luke Carr, sending him clean through, and the No. 10 calmly slotted past the keeper for 3-0.
Right on half-time Consett were awarded a penalty when the referee decided Dale Pearson had been tripped by left-back Sam Bolton as they contested a loose ball. It was a soft one, but Luke Carr didn’t care, and he claimed his second goal of the afternoon by chipping the keeper from the penalty spot.
At 4-0 up at half-time, Consett’s lead looked unassailable, but to Irlam’s credit they had a go in the second half, and got a goal back on 55 minutes when their visitors failed to deal with a free-kick from the right, and centre-back Ryan Ledson finished from close range.
The Irlam keeper made good saves from Dale Pearson and Matty Slocombe as the Steelmen turned up the heat, but there was nothing he could about their fifth goal, which came in the 78th minute.
A good flowing move ended with Pearson setting up Luke Carr, who placed the ball inside the far post to complete his hat-trick, pictured, and end any lingering thoughts of an Irlam comeback.
The home side did score again, when substitute George Farrelly volleyed in from Mwiya Malumo’s cross, to make the final score 5-2.
But it couldn’t spoil another great away day for the Conny Army, who can’t wait for Monday’s 3rd Round draw.