IRE Prem
Date: 7:35 p.m. April 23, 2010
Venue: Richmond Park
Ref: Unknown
Att: Unknown

David McAllister 57' -
Scored: 57'




St. Patrick's Athletic 1 - 0 Sligo Rovers

Fri, Apr 23 2010
The title charge from Pete Mahon’s St.Patrick’s Athletic is gathering real momentum just now and an impressive 1-0 victory over Sligo Rovers at Richmond Park on Friday night courtesy of David McAllister wonder goal will do nothing to dampen expectations around Inchicore.

The visitors made most of the early running, playing a very neat passing game, with each and every action typically being orchestrated by the hands-on guidance of manager Paul Cooke.

Though, in spite of Sligo’s impressive start, it was in fact they who required a last ditch intervention from Mauro Almeida who, at full stretch, managed to nick a Ryan Guy cross from the forehead of Paul Byrne as the striker stood ready to nod home on seven.

Returning anti-hero Joseph Ndo was given something of a free-role by Cooke and with the Saints’ defenders not knowing whether to pick him up or hold their position, Ndo strode unopposed into the penalty area at the shed end of the ground but his 15th minute shot was too high to trouble Gary Rogers.

Pat’s target man Vinny Faherty grew impressively into the game as the half wore on and his unselfish nature saw the ex- Galway man create chances for firstly, McAllister who was denied by a brilliant Richard Brush save on 20.

Then, with the half-time whistle approaching, Faherty played provider for both Byrne and Guy, though their efforts lacked the sufficient power or direction to unduly bother Brush who routinely gathered on both occasions and the teams went in at the break scoreless.

The game was far from a classic but as is so often the case on such occasions, a moment of magic can illuminate even the dimmest of encounters and knowing his side had to win to consolidate their position at the top of the division McAllister took centre stage on 56.

Fed by Byrne, the winger stepped infield and from all of 25 yards bent the sweetest of strikes over Brush with a left footed effort that sent the Richmond Park faithful into hysterics.

From that moment on, the Bit ‘o’ Red went in search of an equaliser but unfortunately for them penetrating the Saints’ rear guard is far from an easy thing to do these days and long-range efforts from Ndo on 72 and Richie Ryan eight minutes later were as close as they came in an open play.

Although Gavin Peers may well feel he should have done better from a Ryan corner, moments after McAllister had broken the deadlock, in what turned out to be the visitor’s best chance of the night.

St.Patrick’s Athletic: Rogers, Pender, Peers, Guthrie, Lynch; Guy (Cash 82), Byrne, Mulcahy, McAllister; Byrne (Williams 74), Faherty (Sinnott 89).
Subs not used: Coughlan, Connor.

Sligo Rovers: Brush, Ventre, Peers, Almeida (Whelan 26), Keane; Dillon (Dillon 68), Doninger, Ryan, McCabe (O’Grady 80); Ndo, Amond.
Subs not used: Feeney, Kelly.
Booked: Peers, Keane.

Referee: Alan Kelly

Man of the match: David McAllister



St. Patrick's Athletic
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Derek Pender
Defender
Damian Lynch
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Shane Guthrie
Defender
Dave Mulcahy
Midfielder
David McAllister
57Scored: 57'
Midfielder
Ryan Guy
Midfielder
Stuart Byrne
Midfielder
Vinny Faherty
Forward
Paul Byrne
Forward

Substitutes
Gareth Coughlan
Midfield
Dan Connor
Goalkeeper
Brian Cash
Midfield
Conor Sinnott
Midfield
Alex Williams
Forward
Sligo Rovers
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Danny Ventre
Defender
Gavin Peers
Defender
84Booked: 84'
Alan Keane
Defender
94Booked: 94'
Mauro Almeida
Defender
Richie Ryan
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Mark Doninger
Midfielder
John Dillon
Midfielder
Joseph Ndo
Forward
Padraig Amond
Forward

Substitutes
Paul Whelan
Defender
Conor O'Grady
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
Steve Feeney
Defender
Eoin Doyle
Forward


Photo Gallery for St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Sligo Rovers