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Monday 23 October 2017

Pat's cruise past Harps

LIAM BUCKLEY (pictured) will be hopeful his men can end St Pat's Athletic's FAI Cup title famine this term after they outclassed Finn Harps in yesterday's semi-final at Richmond Park.

Pat's were last crowned FAI champions in 1961 and since then they have made seven final appearances but all to no avail.

Following yesterday's rout they will be confident they can end that drought in the decider against either Shamrock Rovers or Derry City in the Aviva Stadium on November 2.

Killian Brennan and Conan Byrne both hit two goals in yesterday's one-sided last-four clash.

First Division hopefuls Harps' afternoon of misery was compounded by the dismissal of Gareth Harkin while their manager Ollie Horgan was sent to the stand.

Brennan's opener came from a brilliantly curled free-kick. However, Harps levelled matters on 29 minutes when Harkin's delivery was powerfully headed home by Packie Mailey.

However, it was all downhill for Harps after that as Pat's restored their lead on 37 minutes when Brennan's corner was put away by Seán Hoare's downward header. A minute from half-time Pat's made it 3-1 as Christy Fagan's superb ball put Byrne though and he cleverly chipped keeper Conor Winn.

The procession continued in the second period with Brennan (64 minutes), Fagan (70) and Byrne (78) all on target.

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