Stylish Saints ease into next cup round

Lennox Herald - - SCOT CAREERS - John Rodgers

Poor de­fence from the home side al­lowed St Pat’s seven goals in their lat­est round of the West Dis­trict Cup.

With only four min­utes gone Ryan Dee­ley picked out Kevin McEl­roy, who dis­played poise and as­sur­ance to place the ball be­yond the reach of goal­keeper Blair Cousar and low into the net.

Min­utes later the Ayr­shire men pressed and a hasty clear­ance from Dom McEl­roy which fell to Parker on the edge of the 18-yard box but his mighty blast was cleared by Gal­lacher for a cor­ner.

Once again Dee­ley sup­plied the am­mu­ni­tion that al­lowed McColl to daz­zle on the left flank be­fore turn­ing in­side to sur­prise the keeper with a pol­ished fin­ish from an acute an­gle.

With hardly 18 min­utes on the clock Ciaran McEl­roy strolled past a dazed op­po­nent to make it three with a goal that was a mir­ror im­age of McColl’s.

De­spite con­cern re­gard­ing the poor con­di­tion of the Scott El­lis Park, St Pat’s were cop­ing bet­ter than the home side.

The vis­i­tors’ fourth goal was a re­mark­able free-kick from McColl.

In the sec­ond half the home de­fence got into an­other muddle that al­lowed Kevin McEl­roy to sneak in at the back post and nudge the loose ball home.

Joe Cullen was next, di­rect­ing the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

New Farm Loch’s sec­ond half was slightly bet­ter and Alan Parker found the net for a sort of con­so­la­tion.

By this time Bren­don Black and Jed Al­lan were mak­ing their de­buts for the Saints and young Bren­don’s pow­er­ful run came to a halt when his op­po­nent han­dled the ball.

Stephen Gar­diner did his duty from the spot.

The home side kept bat­tling on and Dale An­drews got a sec­ond goal.

St Pat’s re­turn to Cen­tral League busi­ness next week with a trip to Dalziel Park to play Cam­bus­nethan Tal­bot. Kick­off is at 1pm.

On the ball Ciaran McEl­roy

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