- Tuesday March 7th, 2006 @ 11:27
CUP JOY FOR 16s AND 17s
U16 SFAI Barry Cup
Our 16s cruised into the Q/Fs of the All Ireland with a convincing victory over St Joseph's Boys. The game started in whirlwind fashion with the home side pressing St Pats back. However St Pats soon settled and started to play some excellent football despite the strong wind.
They could have been ahead but Ciaran O'Connor's excellent header was saved superbly by the Joeys keeper. From the resultant corner, Don Cowan powered a net bound header goalward only to see it crash against the inside of post and away to safety.
The Saints soon took a deserved lead when Barry Kenny broke down the left flank and crossed for Andy Haran to score. Haran was very unlucky not to get a 2nd 5 minutes later but his excellent lob scrapped by the post.
The Inchicore lads were now in full flight and deservedly scored a 2nd when Haran turned provider for his strike partner Don Cowan.
The home side were then gifted a lifeline when a long clearance carried by the wind caused chaos in the Saints defence and brought Joeys back into the game at 2-1.
A determined start to the 2nd half brought an excellent 3rd goal after 52 minutes. A great ball from Keith Fagan found Don Cowan 35 yards from goal and out near the touchline, Cowan burst past three defenders before an emphatic finish.
The Saints now in complete control added a 4th goal 10 minutes from the end, Cowan latched onto an excellent pass from Irish international Noel Haverty, to finished superbly and complete a memorable hat -trick.
The Saints will now face Cherry Orchard or Kingswood Boys at home in the next round.
U17 Taffee Cup
Our U17s are through to the S/Fs of the Taaffe Cup as a result of a walkover against Leixlip Utd. The 17s will face Ballybrack Boys next on Sunday April 9th.