St Pat’s keep Premier League status with a hard-fought draw
Postal United .......... 2 St Patrick’s FP ........ 2
Fans of both clubs turned out in force for the CSAFL Round Robin Play Off along with officials from the Central Scottish AFL at Crownpoint Complex on Saturday – not that the players required reminding of the importance of the occasion.
Postal started in top gear and had the Saints defence on the back foot from the whistle.They deservedly opened their account in the 10th minute.
A free-kick was awarded out on the right after a silly pull on a United player’s jersey, and as the ball was delivered into the area Hughes reacted with a powerful low drive that gave Dennison no chance.
The goal encouraged the home side to go for the jugular with the only play of note from the visitors came when McColl went close following good work from Gardiner and McElroy.
However, it was the home side’s persistence that remained the highlight of the half, but they found Dennison in fine form with two notable saves from Hughes and Petrucci.
During the break Saints were urged to seize early control of the second half and they did so with relish.
For the first time in the match the home defence look ragged and their keeper was suddenly busy clearing his lines as Graham and McColl took a pop.
The turning point in the game came 10 minutes into the half with a moment of magic.
It came from captain Currie, who collected the ball deep, then went on his own, beating three players before ending the move with a composed finish.
St Pat’s had now found their rhythm and going into the last 15 minutes they doubled their tally.
McElroy sent a ball into the area which evaded everyone’s attention (Gardiner has since claimed a touch) before curling under the keeper’s body and into the net.
Postal now looked down and out but another twist came late in the proceedings when a harmless cross has inexplicably handled by Ryan Deeley and a penalty kick award was dispatched by Petrucci.
A flurry of excitement followed with two good chances spurned by Postal while Ruane and McColl brought the best out of the United keeper as the game ran into five minutes of time added on.
The visitors held on for the required draw and keep their Premier League status, leaving Postal to fight another day.
St Pat’s send their old friends best wishes and thank them andThe Duke Bar for their overwhelming hospitality after the match.
Equaliser Martin Currie
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