Big wins for St Pats and Sligo in U-17 League

St Pats goal-scorers Anto Purdy, Ryan Burke, Cian Hughes, Conor Cowley

Only two matches in the U-17 league last weekend, however both produced their fair share of goals. St Patrick’s Athletic continued their wonderful winning start with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Derry City, while Sligo Rovers were 5-2 winners over Drogheda United. 

St Patrick’s Athletic have scored a whopping 13 goals, while conceding only 1, and Assistant Manager Darragh O’Reilly was very pleased afterwards, telling the club’s website, “The boys have been excellent, and the start they have made is a credit to the work they put in.”

“With players moving up to the U-19s we have brought 11 new players into the group this season, and they’ve all settled in really well. They’ve really bought into the ideas we’ve given them and to the environment we’ve tried to create so that’s been great.”

“Performances have been really positive so the wins are just a bye product of that.”

On getting off to a quick start in the game O’Reilly said, “To be honest we always want to start games fast and on the front foot and thankfully we have developed that habit over the past 18 months. With the early departure this morning and long trip it was something we spoke about even more this week. We anticipated Derry would come at us quickly themselves and on a difficult pitch it was key to start well so it was very pleasing.”

We spoke to defender Ryan Burke after the game and asked him for his reaction. He said, “We started the game off flying, we were 3-0 up within ten minutes.”

“We work a lot in training on crossing and our first two goals came from crosses with the third coming from a penalty, which I took and converted.”

“We continued to pile on the pressure creating a lot of opportunities, and just before half-time another cross into the box resulted in a goal and we were 4-0 up going into half time.”

“Derry came into the second half strong and put us under a bit of pressure, but we showed we can defend just as well as we can attack, and we got a foot hold on the game and finished off the job in the 80th minute. A Cross was delivered into the box, once again the first shot was saved by the keeper but the follow up was a tap in, and it rounded off a really good day and a good performance. All the lads were up for it and it showed with the performance.”

On his season so far Burke said “I’m really enjoying my football this season, as I feel I’m always improving due to the training sessions, which are top class. I’ve been in good form in pre season, playing in a more advanced role and scoring plenty of goals.”

“I’ve always wanted to add goals to my game and I have now scored in two of the three games this season, and would like to contribute a lot more goals this season.”

“We will take each game as it comes and hopefully continue our good form throughout the season.”

Derry City Manager Gary Duffy was hugely disappointed after the game saying, “First ten mins we were three down. A penalty, an own goal and then got caught by a long ball over top.”

“Second half was a lot better by us. The lads stuck at it and were professional about things, which can be hard when you go three down in first 10 mins.”

“I told them after the game to try and learn from what we did wrong and take some positives out of game. Sometimes a heavy defeat can teach you as much as a victory. So lets see how we react next Saturday.”

“The lads have been made well aware there’s no easy games in the league they are playing in compared to where they were playing last year. This year is massive step up, but a step they got to enjoy and kick on.”

Pats were very good as usual playing at a high tempo from start to finish.”

Liam Kerrigan

In the weekend’s only other game Sligo Rovers defeated Drogheda United 5-2, with a hat-trick for Liam Kerrigan and two from Darren Collins.

We got the thoughts of hat-trick hero Liam Kerrigan after the game. Kerrigan said, “It was a good team performance from us against a strong Drogheda side who were hard to break down. We had to come from behind twice in the game as they started very quickly.”

“Three games into the season and we’re happy with our start but we still have areas to improve on. Overall a good team performance yesterday and I was happy to get the scoresheet.”

Photo Credits;

Sligo Rovers

St Patrick’s Athletic

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