Seven’s heaven in St Pat’s win
Seven impressive goals from St Pat’s saw them secure their place in the next round of the Scottish Amateur Cup.
St Pat’s dominated the first half and were rewarded for their endeavour with a three-goal advantage by the interval thanks to goals from Currie, Ciaran and Kevin McElroy, all grateful for the assistance of Gardiner and McColl.
A minute into the second half the home team looked set for a comfortable victory when the busy McColl made it four after Connolly in the visitors’ goal made a futile attempt to break up a smart attacking move.
Up to this point the Cambuslang men had a fair share of possession but only one chance of note. Suddenly it was all change.
Vale pinned the Saints down inside their 18-yard box, Hampson exploited a gap and found the target against a rather static St Pat’s defence.
But St Pat’s hit back almost immediately. McColl was again on target to restore their four-goal advantage but the pendulum swung back in Newton’s favour.
The rampant Craig Fellows snatched three goals with a mixture of determination and good work that left the home side with a fragile onegoal advantage as the game entered the last 15 minutes.
Craig, who came off the bench at the interval, remained a pest but the pressure mounting on the Saints was eased slightly when Ciaran left a clearance from Gallagher to find Dom McElroy, who immediately got forward with purpose. His perfect cross was knocked on by Deeley to Gardiner, who steered the ball home.
St Pat’s soon added goal number seven when a cross from Ciaran left Dom McElroy to blast the ball home.
The pressure was off but the clever Fellows and Newton Vale had the last word in the final seconds with his fourth goal of a remarkable cup tie.
Next week St Pat’s play away to Bannockburn AFC in the quarterfinal of the Central Scottish League Cup.
Team: Gallagher; D McElroy, Allan, Docherty, Brown, Ruane, Gardiner, Currie, K McElroy, C McElroy, McColl, Cullen, McIntyre, Deeley, MacGuire.
Possession Ciaran McElroy