FAI Intermediate Cup
St Patricks CY-1
Dean Kelly was on the double as St Mochtas won an all Senior Sunday clash to reach the open stage of the FAI Intermediate Cup on Friday Night.
The Saints defeated St Patricks CY a rain soaked and wind swept Ringsend to reach round three.
Former League of Ireland front man Kelly, who was part of the Crumlin side that won the contest in 2010, gave his side a two goal lead before CY made it interesting with a goal of their own.
However, the current Senior Sunday title holders scored twice more to progress with relative ease.
— St Patrick’s CYFC (@pats_cyfc) October 20, 2017
The opening 30 minutes or so were competitive with little between the sides. However, the hosts came closest to scoring when they hit the bar from range early on.
However just after the half an hour mark the visitors went ahead as Kelly produced a trade mark finish firing into the roof of the net to put his side in front.
Six minutes later and CY were denied by the woodwork again, this time a long range free kick pinged back off the bar.
The finishing expertise of Kelly was on display again just before the half time whistle as he fired home a Philly Hughes corner with his head as Mochtas took a two goal cushion into the turn.
CY certainly didn’t look overawed and started the second well. Just minutes after they missed a great chance to half deficit they were within one of Mochtas.
A header from a set piece saw them get within touching distance on 56 minutes and an exciting finish looked likely.
However, another former League of Ireland favourite produced another moment of quality to restore some visiting breathing space.
This time Philly Hughes finished expertly from 25 yards. Morgan Cranley had to produce a good save around the 70 minute mark, but Mochtas finally made sure on 88 minutes as Ciaran Ryan scored a fourth.