Match Info

Date: 21/07/2017
Kick-Off: 8:00pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Neil Doyle
Assistants: Robert Clarke and Mark Gavin
Fourth Official: Derek Tomney

St Patrick's Athletic - Bray Wanderers

St Patrick's Athletic produced a rousing come-from-behind victory for the second week running at Richmond Park, with Conan Byrne registering a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win.

Gary McCabe gave Bray a first-half lead with a stunning free-kick before St Pat's rallied to score twice inside six second half minutes through Byrne and Christy Fagan in another stirring night by the Camac.

Substitute Josh O'Hanlon added their third goal in the dying minutes.

As was the case with last week defeat of Derry City, the victory lifts Liam Buckley's side out of the bottom three, overnight at least.

A third defeat for Bray sees the troubled Wicklow side drop to fourth place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.

Inspired by that morale-boosting win over Derry City last Friday, St Pat's started with purpose in the late evening sunshine, almost punishing hesitant defending on eight minutes.

Bray keeper Peter Cherrie came to attempt to clear a long ball. But St Pat's striker Fagan got there first to lay it back for Billy Dennehy, whose chip cleared the retreating Cherrie, but also the crossbar.

Graham Kelly, their match winner last week, shot wide minutes later as the Inchicore side maintained their early impetus.

A poor header by Hugh Douglas then had Bray in trouble on 17 minutes, the Bray defender relieved to see Fagan's shot sail over the bar.

The one-way traffic continued towards the visitors goal as Fagan met Conan Byrne's right wing delivery to loop a header onto the roof of Cherrie's net.

With John Sullivan, Ryan Brennan and Gary McCabe working hard in midfield, Bray did pass their way into the game, though without threatening Conor O'Malley's goal.

St Pat's remained the far more menacing side in the final third, with Conan Byrne just overcooking a cross for Billy Dennehy at the far post after Fagan's clever ball in behind left-back Kevin Lynch.

For all that, however, St Pat's were behind to a majestic piece of skill on 37 minutes.

Saints' Killian Brennan was booked for a silly foul on McCabe. Bray's top scorer picked himself up to inflict further punishment when sending his direct free-kick to the net in off the underside of the crossbar for a sublime 14th goal of the season.

The home side were livid minutes before half-time when Michael Barker went down under the challenge of Keith Buckley with referee Neil Doyle waving play on.

Brennan then showed clever feet to ride several tackles only to get under his shot which never troubled Cherrie.

But Cherrie had to be there to rescue Bray within a minute of the restart with a point-blank save to deprive Dennehy after Byrnes, Conan and Kurtis, worked the opening on the right.

Another penalty shout was then denied St Pat's as Douglas appeared to handle a Fagan shot from another Conan Byrne cross from the right.

But the pressure of a fifth corner inside six second-half minutes brought its reward with an equaliser.

Dennehy swept the ball in from the right and Byrne rose to plant a downward header to the net.

Four minutes later, Byrne thought he'd put St Pat's in front but his header from Fagan's cross was ruled out for offside.

There was no denying Saints, though, on 57 minutes as the same two combined to deservedly put the home side in front.

Byrne raced away onto Brennan's pass, kept the ball in play, before crossing low for Fagan to drill his shot to the bottom corner with a first-time right-footed finish.

Substitute Josh O'Hanlon put the gloss on the win with St Pat's third goal in stoppage time, finishing calmly after Dennehy diligently worked the opening.

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Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 5th 2017FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic1Hearts0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
May, 12th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United0REPORT
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT
April, 17th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Bray Wanderers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 5th 2017FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic1Hearts0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
May, 5th 2017LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 17th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Bray Wanderers0REPORT
February, 24th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bray Wanderers2REPORT
January, 31st 2017LeinsterSnrCupBray Wanderers0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
October, 14th 2016LeagueBray Wanderers2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 6th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bray Wanderers2REPORT
May, 2nd 2016LeagueCupBray Wanderers2St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
April, 23rd 2016LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
February, 20th 2016LeinsterSnrCupBray Wanderers3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT