|Match Report||St Patrick’s Athletic failed to pick up where they left off before the World Cup break as they were held to a draw by UCD in Richmond Park in the eircom League, Premier Division.|
It was the Saints’ sixth unbeaten game in a row, and keeps them in the top five, but they had only UCD keeper Darren Quigley to blame for the draw, as he kept out effort after effort.
The highly rated goalkeeper, who is reportedly a target of several top English clubs, made two crucial saves on the hour mark to earn his side a point.
First Michael Foley sent over a curling corner which Anto Murphy powerfully headed toward foal, only for Quigley to parry it away.
Mark Quigley immediately sent the ball back into the box where Saints captain Darragh Maguire turned and shot, but from only ten yards out Quigley was once more unbeatable.
The best chance for Pat’s came on the half hour when Trevor Molloy ran
onto Maguire’s header, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Connor Kenna.
As scoreless draws go it was a decent return to action for both sides, but the lack of finishing from the hosts may force John McDonnell’s hand in his pursuit of Bray striker Eamon Zayed.
St Patrick's Athletic
Ryan; S Quigley, Maguire, Brennan, Frost; Murphy, Foley, Rutherford; M Quigley, Keegan, Molloy.
Quigley; Kenna, Ryan, Shorthall, McNally; Hurley, McDonald, Dicker, McWalter, Sammon, Doyle.
Referee: R Winter
Assistants: J Cassidy, D Wogan
Fourth Official: Dave McKeon
Referees' Assessor: Gerry Perry