THIS was a terrific result for Chems, who very convincingly overcame a powerful Lairds side in West Cheshire League Division One.
It took only ten minutes for Gary Tyrrell to break through on the right to deliver a pinpoint cross converted by former Runcorn FC Halton midfieldman Gary Lunt.
Three minutes later, Lunt struck again, with a powerful headed goal.
Laird were awarded two penalties before half-time with centre-half Hollifield scoring from the first but shooting wide with the second.
The Runcorn side only gained in strength in the second half with Terry Ellams and Mark Ingham winning the midfield battle, Robbie Moore and man-of-the-match Mark Robinson solid at the heart of de-fence and striker Tyrrell causing problems.
The third goal came on the half hour, Tyrrell muscling away from a defender to finish with a crisp shot into the corner.
* Chems are at home on Saturday to league champions Vauxhall Motors Reserves (ko 3pm).
General Chemicals 7 Ellesmere Port 1
CHEMICS reacted very positively to their poor display on the opening Saturday with the awesome Gary Tyrrell hitting a double hat-trick.
Strike partner Kevin Ward, while not scoring, was also very influential.
The pick of Tyrrell's goals was the opener as he shot from 20 yards into the top corner. He added two more in the first half and three in the second.
Port pulled one back after the interval to make the score 3-1, Carl Smyth taking advantage of a slip-up by Chems keeper Matty Blair.
But Smyth's joy turned to anger as he reacted to a challenge by Mark Ingham and was shown the red card. Ingham was cautioned.
The final goal for the Runcornians came from Terry Ellams, who latched onto a through ball from Whitehead.