ST PAT’S picked up their first point of the season on Saturday after a late hat-trick by Sean Meehan inspired a thrilling comeback at Mitchell Park.
With just 25 minutes remaining Pat’s challenge looked dead and buried after goals by Connor McLaughln and John McCullagh (2) had Mountfield seemingly home and dry.
Pat’s and, in particular, Meehan had other ideas. Two quick-fire goals by the attacker breathed new life into the home side’s challenge and with the final kick of the game the same player netted a dramatic equaliser.
Mountfield will still be wondering how they ended up drawing this one.
On 37 minutes McLaughlin fired them ahead with a low drive after the home defence only partially cleared a Jimmy McGinn corner kick.
McCullagh then doubled the advantage after the excellent Tony McGlinchey could only parry a Chris Gorman free kick and, it was the same player, who looked to have put the game out of Pat’s reach when converting a penalty after Nathan McGlinchey had been penalised.
However shortly after the hour the hosts launched the most unlikely of comebacks.
Substitute Peter McGlynn picked out Meehan whose shot, following a defensive mix-up, trickled into an empty net.
Meehan struck again shortly afterwards. This time Dominic McCrory did the spadework and Meehan’s shot slipped through the hands of Conor McGarvey, who along with opposite number McGlinchey, made a number of saves in the closing stages.
It was Meehan though who had the last word. McGarvey parried a shot by McGlynn and the poacher supreme pounced to complete his remarkable three-hit.
Posted: 1:58 pm December 13, 2016
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