St. Patrick's Athletic U17 got their SSE Airtricity League season off to a good start with an impressive 3-1 home win against Sligo Rovers on Tuesday night in Richmond Park.
Under the guidance of manager Jamie Moore and coach Darragh O'Reilly, the Saints saw off the Bit O'Red thanks to goals from Neill Byrne, Conor Fowler (penalty) and Cian McMullan.
The Saints started the game brightly and opened the scoring after just 8 minutes. Having won a corner, Conor Kane's cross was only cleared as far as Byrne and the striker finished the loose ball into the bottom right corner to give the Saints an early lead.
The Saints went close to doubling their lead on 24 minutes through skipper Conor Fowler. After an indirect free-kick close to goal was awarded to Pat's, the captain saw his striker from 10 yards out deflected off the line by Sligo's 10 man wall across the goal line as Pat's led 1-0 at half-time.
Sligo however pressed at the start of the second half and got their reward for their pressure in the 56th minute. After Fowler was adjudged to have given a free kick away and received a yellow card, Jack Hever's free-kick for Sligo from 25 yards out deflected kindly into the path of John Mahon who slotted the ball past Saints' keeper Paul Martin to equalise.
The goal however only served to spur the Saints on who restored their lead within a few minutes. Conor Kane again gave an attacking impetus and his through ball to substitute Evan Casey saw the forward hauled down by Mahon. The referee pointed to the spot and Conor Fowler put his penalty past the keeper to restore the Saints' lead.
The points were wrapped up only three minutes later when Casey dispossessed Mahon before releasing William McAdams. The midfielder had the simplest of tasks to square to Cian McMullan who finished well past Sligo keeper Lorcan Callaghan.
The Saints next face Salthill Devon this Saturday at 3pm as they look to make it two wins from two in Section two.
St. Patrick's Athletic: Paul Martin; Brian McGivern, Conor Fowler, Paul Cleary, Conor Kane; Mark Kelly, Mark McGinley (Evan Casey 60), John Martin (Cian McGarry 67), Nathan Nolan (William McAdams 60), Cian McMullan; Neill Byrne (Ciaran Kelly 76).
Subs Not Used: Ethan Farrell.
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