Tuesday 28 March 2017

Murray pounces to sink Saints

(Glentoran win 1-0 on agg)

ST PATRICK'S Athletic have been dumped out of the Setanta Cup in the first round for the third year running.

Glentoran became the second Northern club to eject Liam Buckley's men from the all-Ireland tournament, after Cliftonville sent them home early in the last two contests.

Martin Murray flicked his shot past 'keeper Dave Ryan in the second half to give the Glens all they needed to progress to the quarter-finals.

Saints had started brightly and Killian Brennan's low shot inside the first minute flashed across goal. But Glentoran came into it and Andy Waterworth blazed a great opportunity over the bar.

Former Manchester United forward Christy Fagan had a golden chance on 35 minutes but failed to connect when the ball was curled perfectly into the six-yard box.

Two minutes from time, the visitors' best hope for an equaliser disappeared when Anto Flood's shot was tipped over by Aaron Hogg.

GLENTORAN–Hogg, Bradley, Nixon, Birney, Hill, Clarke, McAlorum, McGuigan (Ward 72), Murray, O'Hanlon (Gibson 82), Waterworth.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC–Ryan, O'Brien, Bermingham, Kenna, Price, Brennan, Carroll, Gannon (Murphy 82), Keegan, Forrester (Byrne 67), Fagan (Flood 72).

Ref – H Carvill

Irish Independent

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