Five star St Pats blow Ash away
A FINELY balanced opening stage against the West Cup semi-finalists from Paisley saw Currie and D'annunzio combining to allow McElroy to break the deadlock in the 27th minute with a vicious low drive past the keeper.
The goal stirred the visitors and they were beginning to looking the part when Holmes gave away a penalty kick.
The experienced Alan Diack stepped forward to the spot, but Connor maintained his fine form with a wonderful save at his right hand post.
With hindsight this proved a pivotal moment of the game with St Pats going on to dominate proceedings and grabbing another goal just before the break.
Desperate defending had left Currie and D'annunzio with a shot before Gardiner put the home fans out of their misery with a right foot shot from close range.
The second period saw inventive play at both ends of the park but in the 55th minute the game was over.
A clever pass from Kevin McElroy left Mathew Bissett racing into the area before cracking a shot off the goalpost and into the back of the net.
Following the goal the Saints scorned a couple of chances but as the game went into the last quarter St Pats piled on the misery with two goals within as many minutes.
Neil Alan found Gardiner with a searching ball that left the enigma to get forward to finish in style with a wonderful volley that gave Ward no chance to stop. To make matters worse for Ashvale their goal keeper Ryan Ward irritated a recent shoulder injury and had to be replaced.
It was then that Dom McElroy, having hit the goal post on two earlier occasions, took a sensible option and laid the ball off to Currie who finished with his trademark goal form close range to complete the evening's work.
Now this Wednesday St Pats play Colville Park AFC in the semi finals of the Central Scottish League Cup at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy's Park with the kick off scheduled for 6.45 pm. This quickly follows Monday evening's encounter between Colville Park AFC and Dumbarton Academy in the final of the West of Scotland Cup at New Douglas Park, Hamilton, and an opportunity for a winning double over the Motherwell men of Steel.
St Pat's: K Connor, N Allan, M Holmes, B Deeley, P Mansfield, D McElroy, S Gardiner, M Currie, K McElroy, M Bissett, D D'annunzio.
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This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 08 May 12
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