Sport Soccer

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Buckley hails players' drive as Pat's make it lucky 13

ST PATRICK'S ATH 4, UCD 0

LIAM BUCKLEY believes that the quality in his St Patrick's Athletic squad is starting to come to the fore after they marched on in the cup.

LIAM BUCKLEY believes that the quality in his St Patrick's Athletic squad is starting to come to the fore after they marched on in the cup.

By comfortably dispatching UCD at Richmond Park, the Saints extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games – scoring 11 in their last three outings.

Top of the Premier Division and advanced in both the FAI Cup and the EA Sports Cup, Buckley couldn't be happier as he hailed the drive that exists amongst his players.

"We've had a fairly steady team in recent weeks, but the guys in the team know that they have to keep performing because there are guys ready to come in and fight for a place," said Buckley.

"We played well, especially in the second half when we needed to keep the foot on the gas."

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Christy Fagan deservedly secured the man of the match award – he got his team going with a low drive on 31 minutes after good work by Chris Forrester.

Fagan doubled his tally after the interval when he curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Jake Kelly made it 3-0 when he stole the ball from Tomas Boyle and raced through to slot past 'keeper Conor O'Donnell, who made several fine saves.

Buckley's men wrapped it up when Gareth Matthews bundled a cross from Kelly into his own net.

"Top of the league is where we want to be. It's going to be tough to stay there as Sligo are such a good team, but it could be touch and go all the way. And if we can go on a cup run and do well in Europe that would be great," said Fagan.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC – Clarke; O'Brien, Kenna, Browne (Price 66), Bermingham; Bolger; Byrne (Gannon 79), Brennan (Carroll 66), Forrester, Kelly; Fagan.

UCD – O'Donnell; Douglas, Boyle, O'Connor (Kavanagh 76), Matthews; Walsh (Creevy h-t), McCabe; Clarke (Morrison h-t), Benson, Burke; McMillan.

Ref – R Rogers (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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