Setanta Sports Cup
Date: 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 2014
Venue: Ferney Park
Ref: Mark Courtney
Att:

Goal - Chris Forrester 21'



Setanta Cup: Ballinamallard United 0-1 St. Patrick's Athletic

Tue, Feb 25 2014

Credit: Darragh Connolly

Airtricity League champions St Patrick’s Athletic earned their first win in the Setanta Sports Cup in two years as a first half Chris Forrester strike was enough to see off Ballinamallard United on a 1-0 scoreline.
 
 
 
The only goal of the game came after some neat play by Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey who’s dummy on the right bought himself a few yards space, before he pulled the ball across the six yard box for U21 international Forrester to tap in.
 
 
 
The Saints dominated the opening half of the game as Ballinamallard struggled to cope with the Dubliners’ passing and movement.  It was Forrester again who threatened to extend the Saints’ lead further as he climbed highest to head Conan Byrne’s corner wide.
 
 
 
2013 PFAI Player of the Year Killian Brennan went close to extending the Saints’ lead at the start of the second half as his free from the right was punched away by Mallards’ keeper Stefan McCusker.
 
 
 
However from that moment on, the home side dominated proceedings as they seemed to cope with the damp conditions and heavy Ferney Park pitch much better than their opponents from the Airtricity League.
 
 
 
On 70 minutes a free from substitute Cathal Beacom found the head of David Kee but the midfielder’s diving header was tipped well wide by Saints’ keeper Rene Gilmartin.
 
 
 
The Mallards two best chances however came in the final stages of the game.  The first came as Saints’ defender Kenny Browne struggled to clear the ball in the muddy conditions.  However after pouncing on the loose ball, Mallards’ striker Andy Crawford saw his shot saved by the outstretched foot of Gilmartin.
 
 
 
With two minutes left on the clock, Beacom got another chance to show his set-piece skills, however 25 yards from goal, his shot failed to curl sufficiently around the Dubliners’ wall and the shot drifted wide of the post.
 
 
 
Christy Fagan had the final chance of the game as he pounced on a fumble by McCusker, but his shot was deflected wide by Steve Feeney.  However a relieved St Pat’s side did enough for their one goal lead and now head into the second leg of this Setanta Sports Cup tie with a slim advantage.
 
 
 
Ballinamallard Utd: Stefan McCusker; Chris Crilly, Mark Stafford (c), Steve Feeney, Jason McCartney; Stuart Hutchinson (Cathal Beacom 66), David Kee, Dwayne McManus (John Currie 81), Ryan Campbell, Liam Martin; Richard Lecky (Andy Crawford 70).
Subs Not Used: Conor McMenamin, Craig Hill, Jonathan Courtney.
 
 
 
St Patrick’s Ath: Rene Gilmartin; Ger O'Brien (c), Kenny Browne, Ken Oman, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne, Keith Fahey (Lee Lynch 81), Killian Brennan (James Chambers 86), Greg Bolger, Chris Forrester (Daryl Kavanagh 81); Christy Fagan.
Subs Not Used: Brendan Clarke, Sean Hoare, Conor McCormack, Derek Foran.
 
 
Referee: Mark Courtney
 
Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Rene Gilmartin (St Pats Ath)
 
 


Ballinamallard Utd
Stefan McCusker
Goalkeeper
Mark Stafford
Defender
Jason McCartney
37Booked: 37'
Defender
Steve Feeney
Defender
Christopher Crilly
Defender
Dwayne McManus
Midfielder
Richard Lecky
Midfielder
David Kee
37Booked: 37'
Midfielder
Stuart Hutchinson
Midfielder
Liam Martin
Forward
Ryan Campbell
Forward

Substitutes
Fergal Murphy
Goalkeeper
Conor McMenamin
Midfield
Craig Hill
Unknown
John Currie
Midfield
Andy Crawford
Forward
Jonathan Courtney
Forward
Cathal Beacom
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Rene Gilmartin
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
89Booked: 89'
Ger O'Brien
Defender
53Booked: 53'
Ken Oman
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Keith Fahey
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
Midfielder
21Scored: 21'
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
James Chambers
Midfield
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Derek Foran
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Lee-J Lynch
Midfield
Conor McCormack
Midfield


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