- Wednesday July 14th, 2010 @ 9:58
SAINTS UNDER 20â€™S OFF TO IMPRESSIVE START
St. Patrick's Athletic U20's kicked off their league campaign with a convincing 7-0 victory over Longford Town on a wet Richmond Park last night.
St Pat's took an early lead when Craig O'Callaghan was on the receiving end of David Long's cross to head past the Longford goalkeeper after only three minutes.
It was 2-0 to the Saints after 25 minutes when Craig again turned on the edge of the box and stuck a neat lob over the helpless Town goalkeeper.
Paul Somers' side were in complete control throughout the first half, and looked very comfortable on the ball in all positions.
A superb individual piece of skill provided the Saints with a third, when striker Kevin O' Leary dribbled past two Longford defenders and slotted home in the 38th minute.
The Saints keeper pulled off a decent save before half time from a short Longford corner, leaving the half time score at 3-0. The Saints continued with their impressive dominance after half time.
St. Pats put four between the sides on the hour mark when Dan Whitefield shot was deflected past the luckless keeper.
It was 5-0 to the Saints eight minutes later, when Craig scored his third goal of the night.
Fellow striker Kevin O' Leary was not to be outdone when he got two in two minutes to complete his hat-trick and make it 7-0 to the Saints.
The Saints manager and backroom staff will be pleased with the squad's clinical display tonight, and will welcome Sporting Fingal to Richmond Park next Tuesday.