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Joy of six for Saints as they ease past Bray into next round

St Patrick’s Athletic 6 Bray Wanderers 0

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Jayson McClelland of St. Patrick's Athletic heads to score his side's second goal during the FAI Cup First Round win over Bray Wanderers. Photo by David Kiberd/Sportsfile

Jayson McClelland of St. Patrick's Athletic heads to score his side's second goal during the FAI Cup First Round win over Bray Wanderers. Photo by David Kiberd/Sportsfile

Jayson McClelland of St. Patrick's Athletic heads to score his side's second goal during the FAI Cup First Round win over Bray Wanderers. Photo by David Kiberd/Sportsfile

St Patrick’s Athletic spread the goals around with five different names on the scoresheet as they eased into the second round of the FAI Cup at Richmond Park.

Outpassing First Division promotion play-off hopefuls Bray from the off, St Pat’s were in front on 23 minutes. Jamie Lennon swept the ball wide left for Billy King who checked inside to get his low shot away. Ireland under-21 international goalkeeper Brian Maher took his eye off the ball, which deflected off his left glove into the net.

The home side doubled their lead on 38 minutes. A fine move found King in space on the left to cross for Jay McClelland to score with a superb diving header.

On 54 minutes, skipper Ian Bermingham whipped over a superb deep cross from the left touchline to find the totally unmarked Ben McCormack for the 18-year-old to head home his first goal for the club. It was all over as a contest three minutes after that.

Again Bermingham delivered a terrific cross, which was nodded down by McClelland for Sam Bone to rifle to the net off a post.

Paddy Barrett got in on the scoring act to make it 5-0 on 62 minutes, showing clever feet for a centre-back before curling a delightful right-foot shot to the top corner.

King completed the rout on 76 minutes with his second goal of the night, drilling a shot from a tight angle to the far corner of the net.

St Patrick’s Athletic – Jaros (Keeley, 80); Bone, Barrett, Desmond (Mountney, 64), Bermingham; Lennon, Lewis (Corbally, 77); King (Longeran, 80), McCormack, McClelland; Smith.

Bray Wanderers - Maher; Quinn (Callan, 79), Barry, Jones; Doyle, Byrne (Lovic, 61), O’Farrell, Craven, Barnett (O’Shea, 79); Kavanagh (Shaw, 61), Verdon (Kinsella, 71).

Referee – John McLoughlin (Roscommon).

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