Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kelly seals glory for young Saints Soccer

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Two goals in the last 11 minutes saw St Patrick's Athletic come from behind to edge out UCD and capture the SSE Airtricity National U-17 League title in the decider at Belfield Bowl.

Yaya Camara had several chances to put the home side in front before Neil Farrugia finally made the break through on 68 mijnutes with a cracking drive Pat's keeper Brian Maher got a hand to but couldn't keep out.

The Saints hit back on 79 minutes with John Martin finishing from close in after UCD keeper Finn McGowan had blocked Neill Byrne's shot.

Four minutes later St Pat's attacked again and Byrne played a perfect cross in for substitute Mark Kelly to get past a couple of UCD defenders and fire home the winner.

UCD - F McGowan: E Farrell (L Hannigan 89), J Manley, L Boore, M Dignam (D Rowe 85);L Lovic (S Quinn 61), J Ryan; R Meaney (B Perry 72), Y Camara, N Farrugia; S McDonald.

St Patrick's Athletic - B Maher; P Cleary, L Rock, R O'Farrell, R Burke (P Finnerty 86) ; L Nolan; J Hogan (J Grouse 56), L Heeney (C Lee 89), J Martin (C Hughes 90+3), C McMullen (M Kelly 73); N Byrne.

Ref - D Berry (Dublin)


Novak DJOKOVIC recovered from a slow start as he continued the bid to retain his world No 1 ranking with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over 14th-seed Grigor Dimitrov in the Paris Masters third round yesterday.

The Serb, needing to reach the final to stay ahead of Andy Murray at the top of the rankings, set up a quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic who clinched one of the two remaining spots for the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 7-6 win over David Goffin.

Murray advanced in much easier fashion by demolishing Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-0.

Holder Djokovic, seeking a fifth title here, produced an under-par display. He had treatment on a knee problem in the second set but eventually subdued Dimitrov, who grew frustrated as the match went on.

Irish Independent

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