6 - 0
FT

Billy King 22' -
Scored: 22'


Jason McClelland 37' -
Scored: 37'


Ben McCormack 55' -
Scored: 55'


Sam Bone 57' -
Scored: 57'


Paddy Barrett 62' -
Scored: 62'


Billy King 74' -
Scored: 74'



FAI Cup Report: St Patrick's Athletic 6 - 0 Bray Wanderers

Fri, Jul 23 2021

Billy King (pictured) capped off a terrific individual display when he made it six before strutting off to a standing ovation. Credit: Timmy Keane

Rónán MacNamara reports from Richmond Park

St Patrick’s Athletic cruised through to the second round of the FAI Cup with a thumping 6-0 win over Bray Wanderers in a sun-drenched Richmond Park this evening.

Billy King scored twice, bookending goals from Jason McClelland, Ben McCormack, Sam Bone and Paddy Barrett, as Stephen O’Donnell’s side put the Seagulls to the sword in Inchicore.

It’s now five wins out of five in all competitions for the Inchicore side since fans were permitted to return to games.

The first quarter of the game was rather uneventful as First Division outfit Bray held their own, and it took a fortuitous strike from King to break the deadlock and send the Saints on their way.

Having been found by the ever-impressive Jamie Lennon, King cut onto his right foot and his low shot trickled through the soft hands of Seagulls stopper Brian Maher to gift the hosts the lead.

It was cruel blow for the visitors, and particularly for their former keeper Maher, as they were more than a match for the Athletic in the opening quarter.

If the opening goal was a stroke of luck, there was nothing lucky about the second goal for Pats when Jason McClelland doubled the hosts lead.

The former UCD man met King’s delicious chip to the back post. McClelland guided his header back across goal leaving Maher helpless.

A first half goal and assist for the dazzling King, who attacked with zest and fervour as he entertained the home crowd with his stepovers, sometimes out-skilling himself as well as his opponents.

The second half was only ten minutes old when Ian Bermingham was sent rampaging down the left-hand side.

The veteran stood up a delightful cross and Ben McCormack used all of his neck muscles to send his header flying past Maher to put the game beyond doubt.

Such was the one-sided nature of proceedings the Saint’s rear guard decided to get in on the act as the tie was done and dusted.

A Sam Bone volley and a thunderous 25-yard strike that lifted the roof from centre back Paddy Barrett made it 5-0 to Stephen O’Donnell’s charges just after the hour mark.

King capped off a terrific individual display when he made it six as he drilled a left-footed effort across goal and it found the far corner.

Vitezslav Jaros was a mere spectator for the majority of the game in the Pat’s goal and the Liverpool loanee was replaced by another youngster as Josh Keeley was given his debut in between the sticks.

There was also a debut for Tommy Lonergan, who replaced King who strutted off the field to a standing ovation.

The hosts had a handball penalty claim turned down by referee John McLoughlin, who perhaps took sympathy upon the beleaguered Seagulls with six minutes of normal time remaining.

Pats march on to the next round as they chase a fourth FAI Cup triumph and their first since 2014.

St. Patrick's Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros(Josh Keeley 78); Lee Desmond (John Mountney 64), Sam Bone, Ian Bermingham (c), Paddy Barrett; Billy King (Thomas Lonergan 78), Jamie Lennon, Alfie Lewis (Kian Corbally 75), Jason McClelland, Ben McCormack; Matty Smith.

Subs not used: Barry Murphy, James Abankwah, Darragh Burns, Robbie Benson, Chris Forrester.

Booked: Sam Bone (11).

Bray Wanderers: Brian Maher; Aaron Barry (c), Dylan Barnett, Richie O'Farrell, Andrew Quinn (Sean Callan 76); Brandon Kavanagh (Gary Shaw 60), Daniel Jones, Darren Craven, Mark Byrne (Luka Lovic 60); Joe Doyle, Sam Verdon (Steven Kinsella 68).

Subs not used: Kian Clarke, Jack Ross, Cian Maher, Dean O'Shea.

Booked: Daniel Jones (32) .

Referee: John McLoughlin.

Attendance: 1,000.

extratime.com Player of the Match: Billy King (St Patrick’s Athletic).


St. Pats
LSept. 24, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 1 Shamrock R
WOct. 1, 2021
Drogheda 0 - 1 St. Pats
LOct. 15, 2021
Derry 1 - 0 St. Pats
WOct. 22, 2021
St. Pats 3 - 1 Dundalk
WOct. 25, 2021
St. Pats 1 - 0 Dundalk
Vitezslav Jaros 1
Goalkeeper 78'
78Subbed Off: Josh Keeley 78'
Lee Desmond 5
64'
64Subbed Off: John Mountney 64'
Defender
Sam Bone 4
Booked: 11'
Scored: 57'
Defender
© Ian Bermingham 3
Defender
Paddy Barrett 29
Scored: 62'
Defender
Billy King 15
Scored: 22'
Scored: 74'
78'
78Subbed Off: Thomas Lonergan 78'
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon 6
Midfielder
Alfie Lewis
75'
75Subbed Off: Kian Corbally 75'
Midfielder
Jason McClelland 16
Scored: 37'
Midfielder
Ben McCormack 18
Scored: 55'
Midfielder
Matty Smith 12
Forward

Substitutes
Josh Keeley 25
78'
78Subbed On: Vitezslav Jaros 78'
Goalkeeper
Chris Forrester 8
Midfield
Kian Corbally 31
75'
75Subbed On: Alfie Lewis 75'
Midfield
Darragh Burns 17
Midfield
Robbie Benson 7
Midfield
James Abankwah
Defender
Thomas Lonergan
78'
78Subbed On: Billy King 78'
Unknown
John Mountney 2
64'
64Subbed On: Lee Desmond 64'
Midfield
Barry Murphy 21
Goalkeeper
Bray
LSept. 10, 2021
Bray 0 - 1 Athlone
WSept. 25, 2021
Cobh 1 - 2 Bray
DOct. 1, 2021
Bray 0 - 0 Cork
LOct. 15, 2021
Bray 1 - 2 Cabinteely
LOct. 22, 2021
Galway 1 - 0 Bray
1 Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
5 Aaron Barry ©
Defender
3 Dylan Barnett
Defender
14 Richie O'Farrell
Defender
4 Andrew Quinn
Defender 76'
76Subbed Off: Sean Callan 76'
11 Brandon Kavanagh
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: Gary Shaw 60'
Daniel Jones
Midfielder
Booked: 32'
16 Darren Craven
Midfielder
8 Mark Byrne
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: Luka Lovic 60'
9 Joe Doyle
Forward
Sam Verdon
Forward 68'
68Subbed Off: Steven Kinsella 68'

Substitutes
17 Luka Lovic
Midfield 60'
60Subbed On: Mark Byrne 60'
22 Steven Kinsella
Forward 68'
68Subbed On: Sam Verdon 68'
25 Kian Clarke
Goalkeeper
18 Sean Callan
Defender 76'
76Subbed On: Andrew Quinn 76'
24 Cian Maher
Defender
12 Dean O'Shea
Unknown
Jack Ross
Goalkeeper
10 Gary Shaw
Forward 60'
60Subbed On: Brandon Kavanagh 60'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup First Round

Date: 7:45 p.m. July 23, 2021

Venue: Richmond Park

Referee: John McLoughlin

Attendance: Unknown

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