GARETH MAHER - Sunday, September 19, 2010
Ryan Guy scored as St. Patrick's Athletic cruised into the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup with a deserved victory over cup holders Sporting Fingal at Richmond Park on Saturday.
St. Patrick's Athletic 3-1 Sporting Fingal
It took just 22 minutes for Guy to make his mark on this cup tie when he opened the scoring with a superb finish and he went on to play the full 90 minutes as the Saints marched into the final four.
Having been rated doubtful for the game, it was surprising to see Guy start on the right side of midfield in a 4-5-1 formation. But he was lively throughout and showed no signs of his previous knee injury bothering him.
When Sporting defender Kenny Browne tried to walk the ball out of defence, the San Diego native pounced like a hungry predator to win possession and then fire in an unstoppable shot to put the Saints 1-0 up.
Sporting had some chances of their own before that, but Pete Mahon's men soon took over with Ian Bermingham, Derek Doyle and Guy all wasting further chances to extend their lead.
However, the home fans were celebrating again just seven minutes into the second half when Damian Lynch got up to meet a Jamie O'Brien corner and head in goal number two.
The visitors hit back immediately through a stunning strike from Shaun Williams, although the Saints made sure of the win when substitute Vinny Faherty scored on 86 minutes to make it 3-1.
St Pat's have not won this competition since 1961, so they were delighted with the victory even though a poor crowd turned out to watch.
Chris Konopka was an un-used substitute for Waterford United in their 6-1 thrashing of Mervue United.