ST PATRICK’S FP are through to the next round of the West of Scotland Cup after a 2-1 win at Firhill United on Saturday.

While the home side had a bright start to the proceedings, with McEwan causing trouble down the right, it was the visitors who looked the more likely and so it proved in the 14th minute.

Neat play and a telling pass from MacGuire let Kevin McElroy forward with intent, losing his marker before finding the net.

This should have settled the nerves but minutes later McEwan wriggled into some space and Saints’ blushes were saved when his header came off the crossbar before being picked up by Roache.

United’s misery would continue just before the half-hour mark when John Capaldie handled a shot from Ruane on the goal line.

The offence was too obvious to ignore as he saw red and a penalty kick awarded.

The usually reliable Kevin McElroy was thwarted by the right-hand post.

For the rest of the half the Saints spurned several chances to extend their lead and Dom McElroy had a goal chalked off.

Into the second period, despite being down to 10 men the Glasgow men created two chances, the first went well over the bar, the second a cross from McEwan that flew along the Saints goal line but found no takers.

The Firhill defence was also holding their own with their midfield firefighting as St Pat’s started to dominate.

Chance after chance was grafted but Craig Smith in the United goal was on top, helped by the greasy surface and some poor decision making in the visitors’ ranks.

Then, yet another twist in the tale. Following some pressure, the home side won a corner and as the ball was delivered into the mix the referee suddenly pointed to the spot for some jersey pulling.

This left William Forsyth to do his duty and while Roache guessed the right way the shot was to powerful to stop.

However, the goal seemed to rejuvenate the visitors and into the last 20 minutes Kevin McElroy produced an outstanding finish when he directed a fine cross for his cousin Dom past the keepers desperate effort and into the far corner of the net.