Match Info

Date: 16/02/2018
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Robert Harvey (Tipperary).

St Patrick's Athletic vs Cork City

Ten-man Cork City's title defence started with a dramatic victory before a large crowd in the Richmond Park rain.

Goals from Barry McNamee and Graham Cummins had the champions in apparent control but the latter was sent off before Ian Bermingham and Conan Byrne helped restore parity – all of this in the opening 46 minutes.

Pat's looked for a late winner but substitute Jake Keegan had his shot bravely blocked by Shane Griffin before Kieran Sadlier's corner-kick seemed to go all the way in with eight minutes left.

A frantic opening saw Cork go ahead after three minutes. Karl Sheppard sprinted down the right and crossed for McNamee, who – just like last Sunday against Dundalk – ghosted in at the back post to slot in.

Byrne forced a fine Mark McNulty save before Cummins made it 2-0. Kevin Toner, whose battle with Cummins would involve quite a bit of needle, was unable to clear a Sheppard knock-on and Cummins blasted home on the volley.

Pat's would have felt sorry for themselves as they has been excellent notwithstanding the concession of the two goals but things changed markedly on 26 minutes when Cummins appeared to leave an arm in high in a challenge with Toner and was sent off.

Pat's were back in the game and all the more 11 minutes shy of the break when Byrne's cross was deflected in, with many in the ground believing Aaron Barry to have knocked it into his own net, but Bermingham was credited with the goal. Soccer Republic can clarify matters on Monday evening.

Byrne seems to get better with age and put the Saints level just after the break. Jimmy Keohane, a surprise starter in the City side, made a hash of a clearance before Byrne composed himself and drilled home with his left foot. He missed another decent opening soon afterwards but failed to connect, again on his left.

Seventeen minutes into the second half, Owen Garvan's sumptuous ball deserved a better finish from Dean Clarke, before Ian Turner's bicycle kick also went wide.

Cork improved after Gearoid Morrissey's introduction and grabbed an unlikely winner via Sadlier's corner-kick which seemed to evade everyone and went in.

© rte.ie


BUY MATCH TICKETS


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 4th 2018Under19CupSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians2REPORT
September, 3rd 2018LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
August, 31st 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Waterford0REPORT
August, 19th 2018Under15CupSt Patrick's Athletic5Sligo Rovers0REPORT
August, 10th 2018FaiCupInchicore Athletic0St Patrick's Athletic5REPORT
August, 3rd 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers0REPORT
July, 25th 2018Under19CupSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
July, 20th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick1REPORT
July, 17th 2018FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic0Newcastle United2REPORT
July, 9th 2018LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic5Wexford0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 15th 2018LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
September, 4th 2018Under19CupSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians2REPORT
September, 3rd 2018LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
August, 31st 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Waterford0REPORT
August, 25th 2018Under15CupMayo SL2St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
August, 24th 2018FaiCupDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 19th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
August, 19th 2018Under15CupSt Patrick's Athletic5Sligo Rovers0REPORT
August, 10th 2018FaiCupInchicore Athletic0St Patrick's Athletic5REPORT
August, 7th 2018Under19CupFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
August, 19th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 25th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City3REPORT
April, 13th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
February, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Cork City3REPORT
October, 20th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Cork City2REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 1st 2017LeagueCupCork City2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT
October, 21st 2016LeagueCork City3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 17th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Cork City1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 15th 2018LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 31st 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Waterford0REPORT
August, 19th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
August, 3rd 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers0REPORT
July, 27th 2018LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 20th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick1REPORT
July, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk3REPORT
June, 29th 2018LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers3REPORT
June, 8th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT