MOUNT MERRION................... 5
PARK CELTIC.......................... 0
MOUNT MERRION got their St Patrick's celebrations off to the perfect start when they book their place in round 2 of the Blessington Cup, with a 5-0 win over Park Celtic in Deer Park on St Patrick's Day.
Merrion were in fine form when parading their skills on our national Saints day, and they were full value for their win.
It was hard on the Celts who were the better team before the home side took the lead, and they could have gone in front had Tom Curran not scuffed his shot, when he robbed Ross Butler in the 15th minute.
It was a let off for Merrion and one which they greatly accepted as, minutes later, they took the lead through Matthew Sheehan, when he slotted home from the edge of the area.
One became two, in only a matter of minutes, as Robert Byrne's free kick from almost 25 metres sailed into the top corner to stun the visitors. It was a cruel blow on the Celts as, up to that point, they were well in this game.
But there is no denying this Merrion outfit who are chasing three trophies this term, and the way that they play the game should ensure that at least one will be making its way to Deer Park.
They brought their tally to three 10 minutes after the restart with a powerful header from Alfie O'Sullivan, again it was shortly after the Celts had a great chance to reduce the deficit but Ben Whelan's goal bound effort was blocked by a defender.
The home side had a real spring in their step now and they carved the visitors open at will, as they went to build on their three goals.
Eoin Cotter hit the fourth when he was played in by Matthew Martin, turned two defenders, and planted the ball in the top corner.
But the best was yet to come as O'Sullivan scored the goal of the game with five minutes to go
Gavin English was the provider when he chipped the ball over the defence for O'Sullivan who, in turn, chipped the ball over the advancing Jeff Richardson to round off the scoring.
Mount Merrion: Gavin Sheridan, Ross Butler, Alfie O'Sullivan, Eoin Cotter, Matthew Sheehan, Nicholas Timoney, Robert Byrne, Gavin Kilgallen, Yousseff Koudri, Gavin English, Hugh McGuire, Subs: Niall Caruthers, James McClaffrey, Matthew Martin, Peter Murnane.
Park Celtic: Jeff Richardson, Ben Whelan, Niall Treacy, Aaron McDonald, Daragh Lavelle, Mark O'Mahoney, Greg Van Cuten, Jordy Sataar, Tom Curran, Dan O'Mahoney, Shane Forde. Subs: Darragh McArdle, Sean Byrne, Cian Reid.
Referee: J Molloy.