Glenn Mc Loughlin returned to the side and had a fine game in the Saints' defence, Paul Mc Nally was on the bench after struggling with a calf injury on Sunday. Glen Crowe was rested as the Management team utilised the squad. O' Brien hit the upright in the 6th minute with a turn and shot, and it was a sign of things to come.
O' Brien gave the Saints the lead with beautiful composed finish in the 8th minute, he slotted the ball home, after he was found in space by Gavin Smith. It was nearly 2-0 two minutes later, Smith's chip was tipped over the crossbar and you got the feeling it was going to be a long night for the visitors. O' Brien did make it 2-0 in the 20th minute, he capitalized on a goalkeeper error, the Celbridge keeper miss kicked a back pass and Aaron couldn't believe his luck, and he blasted the ball into the net. The Saints dominated the first half with slick passing and excellent one touch football. The only chance for the visitors came just before half time, a dangerous cross was met by the forward but he couldn't steer his shot on target and it over the crossbar.
O' Brien scored his hat - trick ten minutes after the break, a fantastic Saints moved ended with Craig Sheridan finding Aaron and he scored with a brilliant finish. It was a superb move and goal that delighted the appreciative home crowd. The Saints were rampant and defending very well and on the 57th minute it was 4-0. O' Brien scored his fourth of the game from a very acute angle after the goalkeeper was stranded, his shot crossed the line before the desperate attempt to clear it by Celbridge defender. Celbridge would have been delighted to see O' Brien replaced in the 64th minute, Aaron went off to huge applause and his nights work was done. Glen Crowe came on and it wasn't going to get any easier for the tired Celbridge defenders. Mark Sheridan made it 5-0 from the penalty spot, he placed the penalty into the corner of the net, the referee had no choice but to award the penalty, Craig Sheridan was brought down by the Celbridge goalkeeper as he attempted to round him. Mark had an excellent game and didn't put a foot wrong all night. Jordan Lancaster and Craig Sheridan both went close late in the game but it was Glen Crowe who completed the rout, Gavin Smith beat the offside trap and unselfishly set up Crowe to tap the ball home from close range.
It was a tough night for Celbridge, they faced the Saints on form and full of confidence, the football was breathtaking and very easy on the eye. On Sunday it was a battling performance that won the three points, tonight it was beautiful ruthless football. The competition for places is fierce, it's a very nice problem for Brian and the management team. Every game now is a huge game and it's going to be a very exciting end to the season. The night belonged to Aaron O' Brien, his four goals and sensational performance will live long in the memory.