Match Info

Date: 25/02/2019
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Graham Kelly
Assistants: Mark Gavin and Trevor Cotter
Fourth Official: Derek Tomney

St Patrick's Athletic vs Finn Harps

Newly promoted Finn Harps frustrated St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park to earn their second big point in four days.

In a poor spectacle of a game on a cool night by the Camac, St Patrick's struggled to break down Ollie Horgan's side whose dogged defence saw them deserving of a draw.

With two changes from their opening two games as Ciaran Kelly and Gary Shaw came in for skipper Ian Bermingham and Chris Forrester, St Pat's enjoyed plenty of good early possession.

But it was 11 minutes before they posed a real threat to the Harps' goal when a Mikey Drennan free kick won them a third corner of the game courtesy of Peter Burke's clumsy save.

Dave Webster planted his header from Rhys McCabe's delivery over the top.

Midfielder Kelly should then have done better on 22 minutes, volleying wide from Drennan's lay-off down off a McCabe free kick as the home side probed for openings.

Fresh from their creditable draw with champions Dundalk on Friday, Harps were well-organised with Niall McGinley coming into their midfield in Horgan's only change.

And with a good shape to them, the Donegal side showed plenty of energy as they stifled Saints, getting their first sight of goal just past the half hour.

Front two Nathan Boyle and Sean Boyd combined with the latter's drive being deflected out for a corner off Saints' defender Kevin Toner.

Defending well themselves at the other end, Harps continued to frustrate St Pat's.

Drennan and Shaw worked a 34th minute opening for McCabe, but the midfielder got under his drive from distance to see it sail over the top of Burke's crossbar.

The start of the second half brought an ironic cheer from the 1,747 crowd when match the officials appeared with a change from their yellow shirts, which had clashed with Harps' strip, to black.

There were then gasps from the home fans four minutes in as Drennan turned well to blast a left-foot drive narrowly wide as Saints upped the tempo.

But the home side had a scare within three minutes, Webster getting his body in the way to block a shot from Boyd.

Boyd was then there again to send a glancing header wide across goal from a Mark Coyle corner.

St Pat's brought on Brandon Miele and Forrester to try to liven up their attack. But chances remained at a premium.

A clever Conor Clifford ball found the run of Drennan down the inside right channel on 72 minutes.

The striker shot into the side-netting to just about sum up St Pat's night.

Harps might then have snatched it in stoppage time, but Daniel O'Reilly's powerful head from a Caolan McAleer corner was straight at Brendan Clarke in the home goal.

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BUY MATCH TICKETS


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
February, 18th 2019LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic3Wexford0REPORT
February, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City0REPORT
February, 8th 2019FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic0Drogheda United0REPORT
October, 26th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City0REPORT
October, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
September, 22nd 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
September, 3rd 2018LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
August, 31st 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Waterford0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 15th 2019LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 1st 2019LeagueUCD1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 22nd 2019LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 1st 2019FriendlyShelbourne0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
January, 12th 2019FriendlyWexford0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
October, 19th 2018LeagueLimerick0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
October, 5th 2018LeagueDundalk1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 28th 2018LeinsterSnrCupShelbourne1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 15th 2018LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 24th 2018FaiCupDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 13th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps2REPORT
October, 11th 2016LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 17th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
April, 11th 2016LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
October, 5th 2014FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic6Finn Harps1REPORT
October, 3rd 2008LeagueFinn Harps0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 6th 2008LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Finn Harps1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
March, 15th 2019LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
March, 1st 2019LeagueUCD1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
February, 22nd 2019LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
February, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City0REPORT
October, 26th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City0REPORT
October, 19th 2018LeagueLimerick0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
October, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
October, 5th 2018LeagueDundalk1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT