Stylish Saints ease into next cup round
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