IN A RIP ROARING SFAI Cup contest our Under 14's extingushed the challenge of Cabinteely Boys. The game was played with a great intensity with both sides competing for everything.
The Saints midfield trio of Dean Bollard, Craig Smithers and Keifer Bynre were on top for most of the game but it was tough in the middle with tackles flying in. No quarter was asked for or given by two resolute teams.
There were no real chances of note from either side apart from a few long distance shots or a few crosses flashing across the box begging for a forward to get in on the end of them.
In the second half the game relentless pace continued. As the game wore on it was the introduction of Gary Molloy for the injured Jason Ryan that swung it for Pats.
Molloy's first foray into the action was to get to the by line following a Smithers incisive through ball and from Molloy's cross - Tims' header at the near post was brillantly saved.
The breakthrough finally came as Molloy was again involved. Another brilliant run and cross to the back post, Danny O'Leary rose highest only to see his header come back off the post but his strike partner Karl Tims made no mistake scrambling the ball home.
Pats grew stronger and still took the game to their opponents and where rewarded 5 minutes from time when another Molloy cross, low and hard across the box was driven into the net by Andy Mason, a stunning goal of quality.
It was a great win and the 14s now advance to 2nd round of the SFAI Cup.
|10||St. Patrick's Athletic||22||20|
|11||Galway United FC||22||19|