FAI Intermediate Cup
St Pats CY – 5
Glenville FC – 3
By Derek McKenna
St Pats CY striker Thomas Dunne was in inspired form last night after his four goals helped his team on the way to victory over a spirited and determined Glenville side. The striker banged in a first half hat trick before adding his fourth early in the second to send his team on the way to the win.
The result sends St Pats CY into the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup, and it doing so qualifies them for the first round of of the FAI Senior Cup for the third straight season.
St Pats should have been one up on six minutes after Dunne played the ball out to Warren Behan on the right and his perfect cross found Dean Kinsella unmarked but his header went just over the bar.
They didn’t have to wait long however and went in front with their next attack. A misplaced defensive header from Darren Spearing fell to Philly O’Connor and his perfect pass split the Glenville defence and found Dunne in space. The striker had the time to steady himself, shift the ball onto his left peg and blast it into the net.
Glenville got one back on 16 minutes. Donal Gillmer picked up the ball out left, drove forward at pace before slipping a perfect ball through to Andrew Duffy in the box and with monk like composure he slotted the ball past Claudiu Valean in the Pats CY goal.
In classic cup style fashion, Pats CY were back in front soon after. A powerfully driven free kick from O’Connor stung the hands of Sean Power and the keeper spilled the ball into the path of the Dunne who headed home his second.
The goal proved to be a bit of a sucker punch to Glenville who had the better of the play after their equaliser. Captain Bobby Cullen was the creative spark in their engine room, with Robert Murtagh on the wing utilising his pace and skill to create problems. St Pat’s frontline of Dunne and O’Connor however were causing concern in the Glenville rearguard everytime they got near the ball.
On the half hour Glenville nearly leveled. A ball across the edge of the box evaded everyone until it landed at the feet of Murtagh but his first time snap-shot was inches wide of the left upright. They were almost made to pay for that miss soon after when a long Behan throw into the box found Dunne in the box but his header was cleared of the line.
Minutes later and Dunne made no mistake to claim his hat trick. A ball over the top saw the Glenville defence stand static waiting for an offside that was non-existent. Dunne made a clever run onto the ball before expertly lobbing the keeper from the left edge of the box.
Glenville were again ruing a missed chance a minute later after a perfect Cullen ball found Gillmer in the box but his header was fractionally wide when he really should have hit the target. As per the story of this game, they were made to pay for the miss. A back pass to Power was sliced by the keeper straight into the pate of Kinsella who gladly slotted home the gift to give his side a four goals to one half time lead.
Just three minutes into the second and the superb Dunne had his fourth and CY’s fifth. A quick free kick went from Stephen Ryan to Dunne on the left edge of the box and the striker hit a delightful curler into the bottom right corner that left the keeper with no chance.
After taking such a commanding lead, one could forgive St Pats for taking the foot off the gas and that is exactly what they did, allowing Glenville to gain a foothold on the game and eat into their lead.
They had a good opportunity soon after. Gillmer laid the ball off to Cullen but his powerful drive was straight down the neck of Valean. A minute later they got a lifeline. A good ball from Murtagh found Cullen on in space and slammed the ball home.
Glenville were determined to not go out without a fight and they had a couple of good chances before they were awarded a penalty with six minutes to go for a fairly innocuous handball decision against Simon Dunne. Up stepped Cullen to blast the ball straight down the middle into the net to give his team a glimmer of hope.
Glenville threw everything forward in the final stages and should have had another after a long goal kick was flicked on by Gillmer to Murtagh but the winger put the ball wide and wasted a superb opportunity to get his team back in it. In the end, despite their best efforts it was not to be and St Pats CY march on in this season’s FAI Intermediate Cup.
Man of the Match: Thomas Dunne – Four superbly taken goals but not just that. Was excellent in his build up play and always looked dangerous on the ball
St Pats CY:
1. Claudiu Valean 2. Warren Behan 3. Leo Ridgeway 4. Simon Dunne 5. Gerard Griffin 6. Stephen Ryan 7. Andrew Doolin 8. Mark Boland 9. Philip O’Connor 10. Thomas Dunne 11. Dean Kinsella. Subs: 12. Alan Murphy 14. Anthony Flood 15. Jason Doyle 16. Graham Hannigan 17. Paul Healy 18. Jacques Morley
1. Sean Power 2. Ciaran McDonnell 3. Shane Kiely 4. Darren Spearring 5. Gareth Hanahan 6. Brian Clarke 7. Carl Corcoran 8. Bobby Cullen 9. Donal Gillmer 10. Andrew Duffy 11. Robert Murtagh. Subs: 12. Stephen Scott 13. Graham Fitzpatrick 14. Jeff Smith 15. Jason Hegerty.