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Pats on the Back for Students 5 Star Show

UCD AFC smashed 5 goals passed a hapless St Pats CYFC.UCD v St Pats 02 11 13

The rivalry between UCD AFC and St Pats CYFC has intensified through the years as both sides climbed the Saturday leagues together. Now in the top tier 4 points separated the two sides with Pats having started the better of the two sides in the league. In this clash it was the complete opposite as The Students roared out of the traps and sent 5 stunning goals past the visitors. Ronan Crean, Neal Hickey, Niall Hanley, Colm Feeney and Danny Fallon were the goalscoring heroes.

UCD began the game at an extremely quick pace. Wise sage Ronan Lynagh and Niall Hanley were combining between the lines to have the Pats defence and midfield chasing shadows well before the sun even threatened to go down. Neal Hickey and John Naughton rolled back the years to create a Cafu - Roberto Carlos (the younger members of the team will now be heading straight for YouTube) as UCD's free flowing football threatened to overwhelm St Pats.

Ronan Crean had the first chance of the game when he asked for too much time on the ball in the six yard box and had it nicked from his toe just in time. Crean was not to be outdone though as he punished the defenders who had previously conquered him. Danny Fallon was having an inspiring start to the game, swooping to pick up any midfield scraps and creating when he could. It was Fallon who whipped a sumptuous ball into the box where another predator was waiting in the form of Crean who headed the ball back across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

UCD turned into captors as they imprisoned their opposition in their own half and refused to let them out. The Students began to play with their prey as they made them chase after the ball as Robbie Murray played a ball to the feet of the marauding Hickey, he in turn clipped a ball over the top for Ronan Crean. Hickey continued his run and the ball was played back into his path. Hickey slipped his left foot around the ball and left the keeper stranded as he sent the ball hurtling into the bottom left hand corner.

Half time saw the Belfield residents lead by three goals as Conor Cannon held the ball up for the countless time and was again fouled as Pats became frustrated with their futile attempts to win possession. Niall Hanley, perhaps taking inspiration from his striker's surname, unleashed a shot that could be likened to an old fashioned war item commonly found on a castle wall, it cannoned into the top corner from twenty yards out. A shy smile from the Limerick native was the only indication Hanley was completely overjoyed.

St Pats came back into the game in the second half and Niall Corbet covered himself in glory on a number of occasions as the visitors threw everything at the Students. UCD kept their composure, weathered the storm and hit the away side on the break. Colm Feeney replaced Cannon up front and his pace was too much for the Pats defence. A clever ball over the top from Luke Breen sent Feeney scuttling away from the defence and his calm finish killed the game. Feeney later tried to light up campus with an audacious effort, when he found himself in space and looked to dink the keeper, mother nature intervened however and the wind combined with the away defence to clear any danger.

Danny Fallon put the cherry on the top of the icing on the cake following some great work from the Duracell Bunny dressed as Neal Hickey. Hickey turned his opposite number inside out before finding the English accented midfield general. Fallon took one touch and finished with aplomb in the form of the cherry.

UCD AFC: Corbett, Hickey, Naughton (Mollumby), Hanza, Breen, Crean, Lynagh, Fallon, Murray, Hanley (Keohane), Cannon (Feeney)