Leinster Junior Cup
Booth Road Celtic-5
What does he have to do to start?
Shane Merrigan came off the bench to become Booth Roads goal scoring hero for the second week running.
The pacey attacker scored twice off then bench for a talented Saturday side in last weeks league encouther and hit four after turn as Booth made it back to back five goal games to reach round four of the Leinster Junior Cup.
Broadford were well in the game when they leveled just after the break and a tricky second half looked on the cards for the host but Merrigan was introduced to great effect and effectively fired the FAI Junior Cup fifth round side into the next round of the Leinster Junior.
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— Booth Road Celtic FC (@booth_road) November 18, 2017
The first half was a tight affair which Broadford would argue they shaded.
However, it was the home side who went into the break with an advantage. Nathan Callaghan won the ball high up the pitch before firing in via the keeper mid way through the first stanza.
Broadford leveled soon after the turn and looked more than capable of registering a result. In fact they began to dominate.
However, a team that boasts former Liverpool youth Mikey Collins and former Senior Sunday regular goal getter Philip Shepard proved it’s strength and dept by introducing a player that would boss the rest of the game.
On came Merrigan and it wasn’t long before he was on the score sheet for the second game running, his effort deflecting into the net.
Broadford hit back with a screamer, but Merrigan wasn’t going to let anyone steal his thunder.
The striker volleyed home after O’Callaghan again chased a lost cause and pulled back for his team mate to finish.
The hat trick was secured in style soon after as Merrigan turned on the edge of the area and curled home to put some breathing space between the sides.
Not done there the front man made sure when he scored his sixth goal in two second half appearances.
Booth Road are now in the fourth round of the Leinster Junior and the fifth of the FAI Junior Cup.