The 14s kept their promotion push on track beating a spirited Castleknock Celtic side away from home, Saturday last. The home side is scrapping against the threat of relegation but their performance on the day you would hardly know that.
The 1st half backed by a strong wind it was the Saints who came closest to scoring. Keifer Byrne beat the Castleknock offside trap but under pressure from a closing defender and the on rushing goalkeeper – he steered his effort wide.
Will McMahon had the next chance, cutting inside from the right beating two defenders before blazing a shot goalwards, just grazing the outside of the post and crossbar. It remained all square at the break.
Castleknock started the brighter in the 2nd half and were rewarded when the Saints failed to properly clear their lines - the ball fell to the edge of the box and a bullet of a shot into the top corner gave the home side the advantage.
Pats tried to take the game to their hosts who were resolute in their defending until the Saints won a freekick wide on the right. The Saints "Byrne combination" restored parity. Eoin Byrne swung the ball in and Keifer Byrne coming in at the back post half volleyed the ball home.
With 10 minutes left a brilliant move nicked Pat's the winner. Starting from Martin Carroll in goal his quick throw released full back Danny Hynes. Hynes played it onto Jason Ryan who with Keifer Byrne one-twoed their way up the Catleknock right.
The ball then found Craig Smithers' late run from midfield and his precision pass released Keifer Byrne. Unhurried despite pressure from defenders closing in and the advancing keeper, Byrne spectacularly lobbed the ball into the net sealing his sides 2-1 win.
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