Match Report

Match Info

Date: 12/09/2011
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
Attendance: 2420

Home Team

Gary Rogers; Derek Pender, Connor Kenna (capt), Evan McMillan, Ian Bermingham; Anthony Murphy (Derek Doyle 60) Stephen Bradley, David Mulcahy, Sean O'Connor; Daryl Kavanagh, Ian Daly (Danny North 60).

Away Team

Ryan Thompson; Enda Stevens, Craig Sives, Dan Murray (capt), Sean Gannon; Gary McCabe (Rohan Ricketts 74), Stephen O'Donnell, Conor McCormack, Billy Dennehy (Ronan Finn 74); Gary Twigg, Ciaran Kilduff



Goal Scorers

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

St Patrick's Athletic 1 - Shamrock Rovers 1

St Pats gained a well-earned point to keep them in the European race tonight against Shamrock Rovers.

Substitute Danny North scored a fantastic equaliser in the 68th minute after a good cross from left full Ian Bermingham. North hit a low effort across hoops keeper Ryan Thomson to cancel out Stephen O'Donnell's early strike.

O'Donnell's goal came in the 19th from a poorly cleared corner by the saints, with the Rovers man smashing a low shot down to Gary Rogers left in front of the delighted traveling crowd.

The saints might feel they could have one the game with late chances from Danny North, Who seemed to being pulled by Craig Sives and a Stephen Bradley free kick which proved the last kick of the game.

Both teams had spells of dominance in the first half, with Saints midfielder Anthony Murphy going close early and Gary McCabe picking up a yellow as pressure grew.

Rovers goal proved the turning point in the first half however, as they began to control the midfield and the Supersaints found it hard to get out of their half at times. Dan Murray fired over from a corner and soon after Enda Stevens deflected shot was brilliantly turned around the post by Gary Rogers.

The Saints took control of the weather conditions in the second half and it was rovers turn to defend. Pete Mahons's men came straight out after the interval and put pressure on rovers with Ian Daly crossing to the far post only for Thomson to let it run behind. Thomson again made a good save from Saints defender McMillan from the corner.

Soon after Dave Mulcahy powered past the Rovers backline and screwed the ball just past the far post with Jamaican Thomson scrambling. Rovers had a chance from a corner just past the hour when Sives rose to meet the ball but stopper Rogers again made a good save.

Then the Saints goal came from North and pats started to flood forward, with the game becoming end to end. Daryl Kavanagh's shot clipped Sives' shin and dipped over the bar for a corner.

Rovers did get two chances from two substitutes on the break with Ricketts shooting low past the post and Finn clipping the bar.

Bradley had a good chance to score against his former team but put his free kick over the bar after Felix Healy's man of the match Conor McCormack gave away a needless free kick.

Overall the Saints will be happy with a point but in truth could have sneaked a win towards the end. The red army now travel to Cork in the FAI Cup Quarter Final.

© Damien Byrne