It was a case of high five at high noon for Bluebell United on Sunday morning.
The FAI Senior Cup semi finalists welcomed a new look Firhouse to the Red Cow for a later than usual kick off and produced a performance which highlighted just how strong a squad they boast this season.
Bluebell had no fewer than five different scorers in a brilliant display and had the luxury of introducing the likes of Jordan Keegan, Tony Keeler and Tony Griffiths off the bench.
Bluebell started with serious intent and came out of the blocks firing. Within 10 minutes they got due reward and went ahead. Keith Fahey benefited from good inter play down the left from Keith Quinn and Dean Ebbe to score his first goal since returning to the club.
Firhouse eventually settled and as they grew into the game began to create some half chances all of which Andy McNulty dealt with.
The FAI Intermediate Player of the Year then had to tip a 30 yard Carl Wynne drive over the bar before Bluebell doubled their lead on 20 minutes.
The inform Shane Stritch picked up the ball just past the halfway line and created something out of nothing in trade mark fashion. The front man powerfully bustled through the cover before slotting into the far corner.
The following five minutes were hectic with chances about both ends, but after ‘Bell could have added two their cushion Firhouse pulled one back.
Former Bluebell man Ryan Coombes causes some trouble along the back line and the ball kindly for Darren Forsyth and he fired home.
Both sides shared some half chances before the turn, but neither could find the net before the break.
The hosts came out with a steely determination after the break and within five minutes were two to the good again.
Aaron Robinson, who was making his first start and was excellent throughout, pounced as a Jeff Flood header came back of the bar to score his first goal for the club.
Bluebell were able to introduce names such as Tony Griffith, Jordan Keegan, Sean Gleeson, Willo McDonagh and Tony Keeler over the remainder of the half and they continued to dominate.
However, poor finishing meant they failed to build on the advantage up and until late in the game.
Griffiths finally made it four with 10 minutes remaining when Griffiths headed home a fantastic Keith Quinn cross.
Dave Scully added a fifth in the last minute with a blistering free kick from 30 yards as Bell registered a statement of real intent.