Match Info

Date: 19/04/2019
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Robert Hennessy
Assistants: Wayne McDonnell and Michelle O'Neill
Fourth Official: Tomas Connolly

St Patrick's Athletic vs Sligo Rovers

In a week that began in abject defeat to Derry City at the same venue, St Patrick's produced one of their best displays of the campaign back at Richmond Park to mark the news on Thursday that they look to have a back-door entry into the Europa League this summer.

It was an unhappy return to Inchicore for Liam Buckley as his Sligo side were totally outplayed in the first half by his former club as goals from Chris Forrester and Mikey Drennan laid the foundation for this deserved SSE Airtricity League Premier Divison victory for the hosts.

That said, it was Buckley's Rovers who were first to threaten with a swerving drive from Ronan Coughlan working a comfortable save from Brendan Clarke six minutes in.

A generally dour opening to the game was thankfully lifted nine minutes later with a moment of inspiration from Forrester.

Sligo central defender John Mahon miscontrolled a long ball over the top with his chest. It ran loose into the path of Forrester who nonchalantly lobbed the ball over 'keeper Mitchell Beeney for his first goal for the club since his cross channel return.

The visitors were stretched six minutes later as Dave Webster's ball down the right gave Drennan a run. The striker bustled his way past Lewis Banks to bring a save with his body from Beeney.

Further sloppy defending cost Sligo a second goal on 24 minutes.

Drennan again got away, this time onto a ball down the inside left channel, cut past Mahon only for the young defender to clumsily bring him down inside the area.

Calmness personified from the spot, Drennan sent Beeney the wrong way from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the season.

With St Pat's totally dominant, Beeney needed to make a smart 38th minute save to prevent his side falling further in arrears.

Though Forrester was fouled following a clever dribble, referee Rob Hennessy played an advantage. The ball broke for Conor Clifford whose low drive sent Beeney diving down to the right corner of his goal to bat the shot away.

The move of the half from St Pat's was then thwarted by frantic defending a minute before the interval.

Drennan, skipper Ian Bermingham and Clifford were all involved before Forrester's shot was bravely blocked by Rovers left-back Banks.

With Kris Twardeck on from the restart, Sligo had a little more about them, striker Romeo Parkes audaciously shooting off target from close to the halfway line minutes in.

St Patrick's soon regained control, however, with the hardworking Clifford rifling a shot narrowly over Beeney's crossbar just before the hour.

Beeney was worked 12 minutes later by the impressive Forrester confidently hitting a first time volley from distance.

Gary Shaw was then inches from extending St Patrick's winning margin on 81 minutes, his header from Clifford's cross shaving the bar.

Despite that, St Pat's had to endure a nervous finish when Sligo skipper David Cawley drilled home from close range following Banks' assist on 88 minutes for the visitors' consolation.

By then, Harry Kenny's side had done more than enough to earn the three points.

© rte.ie


BUY MATCH TICKETS


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
May, 21st 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City0REPORT
May, 17th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians1REPORT
May, 3rd 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Waterford3REPORT
April, 26th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2UCD0REPORT
April, 19th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
April, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City3REPORT
April, 5th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk0REPORT
April, 1st 2019LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk2REPORT
March, 8th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
February, 25th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Finn Harps0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
May, 10th 2019LeagueDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 29th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 22nd 2019LeagueFinn Harps0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 12th 2019LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 29th 2019LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
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
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
April, 19th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
February, 22nd 2019LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 15th 2018LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers3REPORT
May, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers0REPORT
April, 21st 2018LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 5th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
March, 10th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 27th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
May, 21st 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City0REPORT
May, 17th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians1REPORT
May, 10th 2019LeagueDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 3rd 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Waterford3REPORT
April, 29th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 26th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2UCD0REPORT
April, 22nd 2019LeagueFinn Harps0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 19th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
April, 15th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Derry City3REPORT
April, 12th 2019LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT