St Pats and Longford Town shared the spoils from this scoreless Premier Division encounter that initially appeared to offer much more.
It was high level stuff from the start with chances at both ends. Indeed, both teams saw goalmouth action inside three minutes. Firstly, Robbie Martin put David Freeman through for Town on 90 seconds but Pat s captain Colm Foley wonderfully dispossessed Freeman to clear the danger. A minute later, Stephen Quigley sent an inch perfect cross in for Trevor Molloy but the Pat s hitman shot just over.
Both sides settled into the flow of things after that and the next clear cut chance came on 22 minutes. Molloy went close again with a header from roughly the same area but with Alan Murphy closing in, Molloy headed over. It wouldn t have counted however as the referee s assistant on the far side signalled for offside.
Longford to have a slight edge as the half progressed and John Martin had a shot saved by Pat s keeper Barry Ryan on the half hour following excellent team play from Murphy, Sean Prunty and Kevin Doherty.
Heavy rain fell for the duration of the second period, making, the surface slippy and unpredictable. The main highlight came when Town s Kevin Doherty had the ball in the Pat s net on 71 minutes but his strike was ruled out for an infringement.