Goals from Sam Verdon and Jack Bayly helped the SSE Airtricity Premier Division side overcome their lower league opponents to lift the Leinster Senior Cup trophy
By Michael Spencer at City Calling Stadium
St Patrick's Athletic lifted the Leinster Senior Cup by defeating Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium. Sam Verdon opened the scoring for the vistors, before Tom Morris levelled the tie in the second-half. However, Jack Bayly came off the bench to bag the winner for the Saints, helping his side lift the trophy.
This year’s final failed to deliver in the opening stages with both sides cancelling each other out on all fronts. Peter Durrad coming closest for the visitors when his low cross flew past everyone in the penalty area, but none of the Pat's players could turn it in.
The Saints took the lead before the break despite the lack of attacking play on display. Verdon put his side on the road to the trophy thanks to Mark Quigley’s clever assist. The youngster made no mistake with the opportunity, slotting the ball sweetly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Quigley and Verdon nearly linked up for a second moments later when Quigley's ball cut through the Longford defence. The youth player rounded the oncoming defender but his effort was matched by goalkeeper Chris Bennion.
Longford had a spell of heavy pressure and their efforts paid off shortly into the second half. Pat Jennings had a howler, dropping the easiest of catches from Lorcan Shannon’s cross, allowing Morris to pounce on the loose ball.
Pat's soon restored their advantage when substitute Bayly was allowed space to get past the defence. He then chipped the ball over Bennion who couldn’t stop the shot from hitting the back of the net.