Herald Metropolitan Cup - Round 2
It was a good cup tie played in awful weather, the driving rain didn't keep the supporters away and both clubs had good support on the night. Maynooth who were missing a few regulars played some nice football but the result was never in doubt after Crowe scored his seventh goal of the season. Jonathan Lyons who had a fine game came close to the opening goal when his header was cleared off the line on the half hour mark. Karl Somers was instrumental in the Saints taking the lead, his beautiful pass found Crowe who slotted the ball into the back of the net. The Saints striker doesn't miss those opportunities.
Warren Fee made a good save ten minutes after half time when he parried away a powerful strike from a pacey Maynooth break. David Somers made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute with a ruthless finish into the corner of the net, his brother Karl set it up with another beautiful ball and an assist. Jonathan Lyons went close with another superb effort that went just over the crossbar as the Saints started to dominate the second half. The dominance paid off and David Somers scored his twelfth goal of the season in the 66th minute with a deft header from a terrific Jordan Lancaster corner. Maynooth scored the final goal of the game and pulled a goal back in the 7oth minute when the ball ended up in the Saints net after a corner caused some problems in the Saints defence.
It was a good solid performance and it sets the team up nicely for next week's FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup tie at home to Ballincollig AFC. It was very pleasing to see Aaron O' Brien back from injury. He replaced Glen Crowe with 1o minutes remaining and looked sharp and ready to get his season going. The Saints go marching on.
Team : Fee, Smith, C. Sheridan, Brown, Fitzgerald, Deegan, Lyons ( Reilly 60 ) K. Somers ( Hilliard 56 ) D. Somers, Lancaster, Crowe ( O'Brien 79 )
Subs : Reilly, O' Brien, Hilliard, O' Neill, Wilson, Kelly, M. Sheridan.
Report : Derek Nulty.