Penalties secure St Pat’s cup spot
A hard fought draw resulted in a victorious penalty shoot out for St Pat’s FP’s as they secured their place in the League Cup semi-final.
The opening spell had both teams testing each other while looking for any lapse in concentration to exploit before the visitors broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.
The goal followed enterprising work from McColl out on the right before his neat cross was forced over the line by Kevin McElroy from close range.
The scene was set as Bannockburn were stirred into positive action but unfortunately Michael Weir was left cursing his luck when his powerful header bounced off the far goal post to relative safety.
As the interval loomed the home side were again cursing their luck. Parked in the Saints goalmouth, Michael Weir managed to hit the woodwork again and as the ball rebounded around the goalmouth Gallacher in the St Pat’s goal pulled off a stunning save from point-blank range from Donaldson.
Into the second period the table was turned as luck then deserted St Pat’s in their effort to increase their advantage.
Ciaran McElroy’s attempt to thread the ball to McColl was thwarted by alert defending then a determined run and shot from Ciaran was nearly diverted pass past the Bannockburn goalie Greig Maitland.
Then, before the hour mark the Saints had two goals chalked off.
However, Bannockburn remained in contention, and managed an equalizer in the 67th minute. A looping cross to the back post left Sean Stewart the time and space to tap the ball home.
Now the Cup tie was on a knife edge as control of proceedings kept shifting as the seconds ticked away. Both sides went looking for a winner but it would be the home side that was left distressed.
Following a spell of pressure, Weir ran onto a slack clearance on the edge of the box before blasting the ball on target but suddenly premature celebrations came to an abrupt halt when somehow Gallacher saved the day with a wonder save.
This was the last creditable chance of the game and the dreaded penalty kick shoot-out would be required to separate the teams.
It would be St Pat’s up first with Gardiner, Currie, Kevin McElroy and Ruane all converting in style and while Bannockburn scored their first two attempts Brain Gallacher would produce two fine saves to deny the Weir brothers and Bannockburn a place in the semi-finals later this month.
St Pats’ attention now turns to next week’s West Cup tie away to Rossvale AFC from Bishopbriggs. Team: Gallacher; D McElroy, Allan, King, Docherty, Ruane, Gardiner, Currie, K McElroy, C McElroy, McColl, Cullen, McIntyre, R Deeley. MacGuire.
What a save Brian Gallacher saving Bannockburn’s fourth penalty in shoot-out