St Pats move on in the Mark Farren Cup

St Patrick’s Athletic have moved into the second round of the Under 17 Mark Farren Cup after a hard fought win over Cabinteely, in their re-arranged fixture.

St Pats went in front through Conor Cawley in the first half, only for Vilius Labutis to equalise for Cabinteely. Labutis rose highest on a corner to head home.

However it didn’t take long for St Pats to regain the lead, as almost immediately Anto Purdy scored. Cabinteely did hit the post through Cian Kelly, but Pats held off to advance.

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Jamie Moore spoke to  after the win. He said, “Another really good performance from the boys and we are really happy to be into the next round of the cup. We lost in the final last year a couple of days after winning the league final, so we want to put that right this year if we can, so it was important to get through the first round.”

“We played really well for the first hour of the game, went 1-0 ahead through Conor Cowley and really should have put the game to bed, their goalkeeper made 3 excellent saves but we should have been further than 1-0 ahead at half time. They did miss a great chance with a header before before half time too.”

“We started the second half well and were probably the best we’ve been all season with the ball, but they equalised from a set piece. Thankfully we went right up the other end and went 2-1 ahead through a clever finish from Anto Purdy and we controlled the game really well after that, which is pleasing considering we let in a last minute equaliser against Derry on Sunday.”

“Our focus is now on next Tuesday’s league game in Monaghan, the boys will be in tonight for recovery, and will have a couple of days off before coming back in to train on Monday, we’re looking forward to another game on Tuesday.”

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