Match Info

Date: 08/03/2019
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Neil Doyle

St Patrick's Athletic vs Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers made an expression of intent regarding their title credentials in Inchicore with this win over St Pat's.

An Aaron McEneff penalty early on was what decided the outcome, but Pat's fans will perhaps reflect that they have some way to go if they are to threaten at the top after being generally outplayed by the Camac.

The Hoops' endeavour was epitomised by McEneff, who did a great deal of dirty work in midfield, while too many Saints players were unable to make an impact. They could have nicked a goal, for sure, but can have no complaints.

This game should have been effectively over after just seven minutes but referee Neil Doyle only gave Kevin Toner a yellow card despite what looked a cynical if not despairing challenge in the box on Aaron Greene. The Hoops attacker had capitalised on a terrible mistake from Lee Desmond, who mis-controlled, but Doyle did not deem Toner's foul a professional one.

The Rovers dugout, understandably, disagreed, but any frustration or sense of injustice was not evinced in McEneff's cool penalty.

Pat's had just threatened beforehand, too, the impressive Rhys McCabe harrying the Rovers rear guard, winning back the ball and crossing for Mikey Drennan. Saints' top scorer did not connect as he wished but there was still an opportunity at the back stick for Brandon Miele, who fired over.

Toner headed over from a corner on 13 minutes but Rovers were bossing possession and nearly went farther in front on the half-hour mark following an excellent move. Dan Carr's left-footed shot was poor after Jack Byrne unselfishly played him in, Greene centrally involved in the play.

Despite having to be content with crumbs, Pat's still looked dangerous when they got the ball wide, with Rovers bereft of cover on their right-hand side. Drennan really should have scored but headed over after a cross from that area from the excellent Miele.

Another sweet bit of passing presented McEneff with a major opening on 39 minutes. Carr played to Greene who back-rolled the ball to McEneff, only for the Derryman to produce a finish at odds with the quality of the set-up.

McCabe produced a superb pass for Drennan as half-time approached but, somewhat off balance, he could not connect as he wished.

The start of the second period was scrappy enough but 17 minutes in Rovers may wonder how they did not go 2-0 up, with Brendan Clarke batting away from Lopes in a goalmouth scramble, the away players pleading that the ball had gone over the line.

Shortly afterwards, the ever-dangerous Trevor Clarke turned onto his right and crossed for Joey O'Brien, whose header prompted a fine Clarke save.

Saints almost smuggled an equaliser when an O'Brien slip allowed Drennan in but his clever outside-of-the-left pass just evaded substitute Dean Clarke, who had replaced Miele, who can consider himself unfortunate to be taken off.

Greene will not want to see his miss with 13 minutes left again, his only excuse being that he connected with his weaker foot. After a comical mix up between Toner and Clarke, Greene hooked wide with an open goal gaping.

Saints, for whom Chris Forrester again was totally out of sorts, had to survive another goalmouth melee before the final whistle, Rovers comfortable – and very much looking title contenders.

Indeed, Greene again should have netted at the death after breaking from a corner, Simon Madden gambling on winning the ball but Greene getting their first. Clarke, however, got down to save.

Pat's never gave up but some of their fans now might regarding their title credentials.

© rte.ie


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
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
October, 12th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
May, 22nd 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 4th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
March, 16th 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
September, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
September, 2nd 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 8th 2016LeagueCupShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
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