Seven’s heaven in St Pat’s win

Lennox Herald - - SPORT -

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

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