Match Info

Date: 20/09/2019
Kick-Off: 8:00pm
Competition: League
Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Officials

Referee: Rob Harvey.

Shamrock Rovers vs St Patrick's Athletic

If this is were a sign of what Stephen O'Donnell and Pat Cregg will bring to St Patrick's Athletic, there are bright days ahead in Dublin 8 as they nullified a frustrated Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght.

Dundalk could now win the title Monday evening by beating Rovers, whose eyes are now on the FAI Cup, whilst Pat's fans will be thinking of next season with a renewed confidence that is far from misplaced. They remain very much in the hunt for European football.

Patrick's were tactically excellent but more impressive was their work-rate all over the park and they limited Rovers to precious few chances, albeit without being especially potent at the other end.

This will prompt some reflection among the Rovers coaching staff as they were made to look fairly one-dimensional by a Saints team for whom Ciaran Kelly was outstanding. However, they defended very well too as the game went on.

Patrick's, with three at the back, made a really impressive start and had two shouts for penalties within five minutes, Ian Bermingham going down latterly. Bermingham had been found by a superb flick from the returning Mikey Drennan towards the conclusion of a delightful Saints passing sequence.

Saints continued on top and Lee Desmond forced an admittedly comfortable Alan Mannus save on 11 minutes after being teed up by Cian Coleman.

Mannus made a superb left-hand save from Kevin Toner on 17 minutes. Drennan broke for the visitors, brilliantly delayed on the ball before finding the left back, who probably should have scored.

Aaron Greene was Rovers' main threat, having the measure of Ciaran Kelly in the pace stakes, and he pulled a shot just wide shortly afterwards, the crowd ever more enthralled.

Perhaps surprisingly, Rovers went with three at the back too, and they looked uncomfortable at times, their midfield totally outplayed in the game's opening quarter.

Rovers enjoyed their best spell about the half-hour mark, shortly after which Dylan Watts found Graham Burke whose shot was blocked.

Burke and Greene were Rovers' chief dangers in the first half, the former finding the latter whose stinging drive was parried by Clarke. From Jack Byrne's corner, Roberto Lopes headed wide.

Rovers' best passage of the game came on 52 minutes, Byrne finding Sean Kavanagh with a stunning pass matched in quality by the Ringsend man's control; Clarke was relatively untroubled by the shot.

Rovers came very close to taking the lead after Lee Grace's header produced a brilliant Clarke save following a superb Byrne free-kick delivery on 58 minutes. Rovers then appealed for penalty when the ball connected with a Pat's arm, that of Cian Coleman, in the box; it would have been a harsh penalty.

Grace remained a threat, forcing Clarke to smother his shot after the net-minder had spilled a Byrne free-kick.

Byrne was growing in influence, attracting some tough Pat's challenges. The Irish international nevertheless kept trying to probe.

Rovers' best opening came on 82 minutes, Clarke brilliantly blocking from Sean Kavanagh after excellent work from substitute Thomas Oluwa. Kavanagh should have scored, but it was that type of night for the green and white.

Indeed, a Roberto Lopes snap-shot went just wide in injury time, Rovers having gotten a corner-kick that looked a definite goal-kick; it would have been cruel on the gutsy visitors.

© rte.ie


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 20th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 29th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 22nd 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 16th 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 2nd 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 8th 2016LeagueCupShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
March, 18th 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 7th 2015LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 3rd 2015LeagueCupShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 20th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
September, 15th 2019LeinsterSnrCupCabinteely FC0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 6th 2019LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 23rd 2019FaiCupUCD3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
August, 2nd 2019LeagueCork City0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 21st 2019LeagueBohemians3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 18th 2019EuropaLeagueNorrköping2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 5th 2019LeagueWaterford1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 28th 2019LeagueUCD0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
June, 8th 2019LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 20th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 1st 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers2REPORT
April, 29th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
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
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 20th 2019LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
September, 13th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0UCD0REPORT
September, 6th 2019LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 16th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers1REPORT
August, 2nd 2019LeagueCork City0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 27th 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk1REPORT
July, 21st 2019LeagueBohemians3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 5th 2019LeagueWaterford1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
July, 1st 2019LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers2REPORT
June, 28th 2019LeagueUCD0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT