Match Info

Date: 12/03/2018
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Robert Rogers
Assistants: Allen Lynch and Emmet Dynan
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle

St Patrick's Athletic vs Dundalk

Dundalk failed to hit the target for the third time in five games as St Patrick's Athletic stubbornly held on for a well earned share of the spoils at Richmond Park.

Liam Buckley's side lost all three games against the Lilywhites last season, conceding 11 goals and scoring none in the process, but they displayed a hard centre here to frustrate the visitors.

After beating Cork City on Friday night, Stephen Kenny's side made the trip to Inchicore full of confidence but despite having a number of chances, they just couldn't find the vital breakthrough.

Patrick Hoban bagged the winner against the Leesiders and he had the best of the openings here, the clearest of which arrived in the 11th minute after Sean Gannon's sumptuous pass found the striker in between the lines. Hoban had time to take the ball down on his chest and let fly but Barry Murphy stuck out his leg to make a fine stop.

Although defensively sound, Pat's failed to test Gary Rogers throughout the opening half. Their best sighting came in the 19th minute but Conan Byrne's 30-yard free-kick sailed high over the top and out of the ground.

Dundalk continued to boss possession but they struggled to break down a well marshalled home defence who displayed a lot of grit and discipline. The game needed something to spark it into life and referee Rob Rogers had to reach into his pocket to dish out yellow cards in quick succession.

Dan Cleary was first into the book, the Lilywhites centre-back going through the back of Christy Fagan in the 33rd minute and Pat's midfielder Ryan Brennan followed suit three minutes later for a robust challenge on Sean Hoare.

Kenny’s side finished the half on top, forcing a number of set-pieces, and they were denied a breakthrough by some fantastic defending. Cleary rose to meet a Michael Duffy corner in the 38th minute and send a header flying towards the far post but Darragh Markey was there to keep the ball out.

Kevin Toner did even better two minutes later, flinging himself to his right to head Ronan Murray's goal bound effort to safety after the former Galway United had wriggled enough room to get his shot at goal.

Pat's started the second-half on the front foot but it was Dundalk, again, who posed a more menacing threat in the final third and they should have been a lot more clinical with a rapid counter attack in the 53rd minute.

Quick feet by Ronan Murray and Michael Duffy set Dylan Connolly away on the inside left but his through pass had too much pace on it for Hoban to take it in his stride and Murphy came to clear, shipping a knock in the process.

The woodwork came to Pats' rescue on the hour mark when Murray's free-kick dipped at the last minute, leaving Murphy flailing, but the crossbar kept it out with Sean Hoare's follow-up gathered by the goalkeeper.

The home supporters were roused eight minutes later when Simon Madden floated a great ball to the back post but Ryan Brennan's header just cleared the crossbar. Toner then guided a Conan Byrne corner wide with a free header.

Kenny introduced new signings Krisztian Adorjan and Marco Tagbajumi inside the final 20 minutes but Dundalk lacked that killer pass in the final third and the game petered out for a scoreless draw that meant more to the home support than the visitors.

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Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Waterford0REPORT
April, 9th 2018LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic4Dundalk4REPORT
April, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Bray Wanderers0REPORT
March, 23rd 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Limerick0REPORT
March, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk0REPORT
February, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Cork City3REPORT
February, 9th 2018FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic12SureSports0REPORT
October, 20th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Cork City2REPORT
October, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick2REPORT
September, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 21st 2018LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 21st 2018Under15St Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps1REPORT
April, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Waterford0REPORT
April, 14th 2018Under15St Patrick's Athletic3Dundalk1REPORT
April, 13th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 9th 2018LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic4Dundalk4REPORT
April, 7th 2018Under15Shelbourne0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
April, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Bray Wanderers0REPORT
March, 30th 2018LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 25th 2018Under15St Patrick's Athletic5Derry City0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 14th 2018Under15St Patrick's Athletic3Dundalk1REPORT
April, 9th 2018LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic4Dundalk4REPORT
March, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk0REPORT
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
March, 18th 2017LeagueDundalk3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
October, 25th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Dundalk2REPORT
June, 24th 2016LeagueDundalk2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 18th 2016LeagueCupDundalk0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 24th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk4REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 21st 2018LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Waterford0REPORT
April, 13th 2018LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Bray Wanderers0REPORT
March, 30th 2018LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 23rd 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Limerick0REPORT
March, 16th 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk0REPORT
March, 9th 2018LeagueBohemians0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 26th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT