UCD teach St Pat's harsh lesson to make FAI Cup quarter-finals
UCD 3 St Patrick's Athletic 1
New manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki worked the oracle from the start as UCD stunned St Patrick’s Athletic to cruise into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup.
Their 10-1 tanking at Bohemians last week brought previous boss Collie O'Neill's time at bottom-of-the-table UCD to an end.
But his former players, under the guidance of promoted under-19s coach Tarnogrodzki, redeemed themselves here with this rousing display against a disjointed St Pat's.
Despite a bright start, St Pat's were stunned to find themselves two goals down midway through the first half.
The visitors' defence stood indicted for the first on 21 minutes as Liam Kerrigan's corner was headed home by Yoyo Mahdy.
Six minutes later Richie O’Farrell threaded a ball through for Liam Kerrigan to calmly sweep his shot past Brendan Clarke.
Shocking defending a minute into the second half gifted UCD their third goal.
Ciaran Kelly miscontrolled the ball with Kerrigan pouncing to shoot home his second of the night.
In a late rally, Conor Clifford got a goal back for St Pat’s on 81 minutes before Gavin Sheridan made a fine save from Glen McAuley.
The only blot on the night for UCD was the 90th minute sending off of midfielder Jack Keaney for a second booking.
UCD: Sheridan; Tobin, Scales, Boore, Farrell; Kerrigan (Byrne, 77), Keaney, Keane, McClelland (McEvoy, 90+2); O’Farrell; Mahdy.
St Patrick’s Athletic: B Clarke; Desmond, Webster, Kelly, Bermingham (Toner, 52); Coleman (Shaw, 64), Clifford, Markey; D Clarke, Hale (Walker, 52), McAuley.
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).