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St Pats cruise to U17 SSE Airtricity title as McCormack leads goals charge

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC …4 BOHEMIANS….0

St. Patrick’s Athletic were crowned SSE Airtricity National Under 17 League Champions after a fantastic 4-0 win over Bohemians.

A devastating first-half performance saw Ben McCormack notch an impressive brace and Jamie Doyle also scored to seal the victory within the first 45 minutes. Troy Stedman added a fourth in the final minute as St  Patrick’s Athletic claim a treble of under-age titles following their victories in the Under 13 and Under 15 leagues.

29 October 2019; St Patricks Athletic players celebrate following the SSE Airtricity U17 League Final match between St. Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The home side might have sealed the victory in the first-half but it was Bohemians who had the first real chance of the game. Karl O’Callaghan  found Evan Ferguson with a low cross but his shot was cleared off the line with 20 minutes gone.

It sparked the home side into life and six minutes later, Pats took the lead. It was a well-worked goal as well as Darragh Burns turned two defenders inside the area and timed his pass to perfection to provide McCormack with a simple finish from 10 yards out.

By JOHN HUDSON

Pats continued to create chances and five minutes from the break, they doubled their lead. Cian Kelly had to clear his lines with a long-ball up-field but it found the head of Doyle who flicked the ball over goalkeeper Kian Lacchia from the edge of the area.

In the final minute of the first-half, Pats sealed the victory. The Man of the Match McCormack picked the ball up on the right side of the area and after beating one challenge, he chipped the keeper from 20 yards to the delight of the St. Patrick’s Athletic crowd.

Despite the scoreline, Bohemians created a number of chances throughout the second-half and could have drawn level if they had taken their opportunities. With 30 minutes remaining, Robbie Mahon’s floated cross picked out substitute Tom Considine at the back-post but he placed his header high and wide of the target from six yards out.

Two minutes later, Bohemians created another fantastic opportunity as Mayowa Anamasahun’s clearance gave Precious Omochere the chance to get in behind the St Pat’s defence but after he controlled the ball, his fierce effort went narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

The chances continued for the away side as in the 68th minute, Colin Conroy’s through-ball found Ferguson but captain Cian Kelly recovered to get a crucial interception on Ferguson’s shot to see his effort go wide of the target.

As Bohemians pushed forward, Pats also created a number of chances in an entertaining final and Kyle Conway  rattled the bar from 25 yards with 20 minutes remaining.

Doyle was sent off late on for a second bookable offence but Pats added a fourth in the final minute of the game as substitute Troy Stedman found the bottom corner to secure the SSE Airtricity Under 17 League title.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Joshua Keeley; Roy Byrne,Cian Kelly, Brandon Holt, Daragh Reilly (Darragh Meegan 90),Jamie    ,  Doyle,Kyle Conway (Danny Norris 90);  Darragh Burns (Ugo Anny-Nzekwue 75),Ben McCormack (Luke Hennessy 88), Kian Corbally; Kyle Robinson (Troy Stedman 59), Subs: Morgan Rice, Cian O’Malley, Ross Fay.

Bohemians: Kian Lacchia;  Gavin O’Brien (Mayowa Anamasahun 46),Warren Curran, Jack Funge,Len O’Sullivan (Precious Omochere 46); Colin Conroy (Paul Omotosho 73), Sean McManus; Karl O’Callaghan (Tom Considine 46),Cian Byrne, Robbie Mahon (Paddy Moore 83); Evan Ferguson. Subs: Mark Smith, Liam Burke.

Referee: Joseph McDonnell

Man of the Match: Ben McCormack (St Patrick’s Athletic)

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