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Date: 7:45 p.m. May 21, 2012
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,090
TV:

Chris Forrester 43' -
Scored: 43'


Red: 45'
- Michael Rafter 45'

Scored: 78'
- Marc Griffin 78'

Scored: 90'
- Marc Griffin 90' + 2'



St. Patrick's Athletic 1 - 2 Dundalk

Mon, May 21 2012

 

St Patrick’s Athletic succumbed to their first defeat of the season after a thoroughly unexpected last 15 minute fight back from 10-man Dundalk at Richmond Park on Monday night.

 

The Saints were in control for almost the entire game, but suffering from the age old problem of failing to convert possession into goals they fell to a first loss to move them back to third spot.

 

Mark Griffin struck two free kicks from an identical position into either corner to give Dundalk their first win in five games in the league and also their first win in five games against the Saints.

 

The goals were timed perfectly for Dundalk, one with 12 minutes left and one right on the whistle.

 

It didn’t look like a game too far for Buckley’s side, it was more their problem of failing to score which hurt them. Chris Forrester’s headed opener was lost in a half which will easily be Sean McCaffrey’s best so far as Dundalk boss.

 

Another exhibition of the home side’s passing credentials were evident from the outset, with Greg Bolger, Ger O’Brien and John Russell all highly involved in the middle of the pitch. Like clockwork, Ian Bermingham continued to creep around Ben McLaughlin at right back for Dundalk, the space being vacated by Jake Kelly who sought more possession in field.

 

However as the famous saying goes, possession is only nine tenths of the law. This will be a phrase in the back of most St Pat’s fans minds, and they would be vindicated in thinking so. Despite the lovely play, Pat’s failed to create many goal scoring chances, with free-kicks and corners the Inchicore side’s only opportunities.

 

Kenny Browne and Christy Fagan both went close, but Browne’s header was too high from a Bolger corner, whilst Fagan’s free kick was deflected goal bound but hacked off the line by Ben McLaughlin.

 

Dundalk offered little as St Pat’s controlled the ball and kept the Lilywhites’ banks of four and five busy, leaving Michael Rafter chasing scraps in attack a frustrating job for the frontman.

 

That frustration did boil over for Rafter, who let it all out in the tunnel at half time when he remarkable struck one of his own players, before being sent off by the referee Graham Kelly.

 

Peter Cherrie, who was a close runner with Griffin for the man of the match award, produced a fantastic save from Dean Kelly to prevent Pat’s taking a 2-0 lead. Bolger, Forrester and Fagan all shot wide as well as poor defending from Osbourne to allow O’Brien in, but he was saved.

 

Griffin’s first goal came about after a good run that resulted in him winning a free after being tripped by Russell. The resulting kick was put right into the top corner, leaving no chance for Saints stopper Brendan Clarke.

 

Wedged between the two goals were good chances for a number of Pat’s players, but each effort was blocked away and hacked clear.

 

And with time almost up, Dundalk’s John Mountney raided forward and was hacked down by Conor Kenna, Griffin found the far corner from almost the same spot as his first after a poor attempt to save by Brendan Clarke.

 

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien, Conor Kenna, Kenny Browne, Ian Bermingham; Pat Flynn, John Russell, Greg Bolger; Christopher Forrester, Christy Fagan (Ian Daly 73), Jake Kelly (Dean Kelly 46).

Subs not used: Barry Murphy, Jake Carroll, Eoin Hyland, Ryan Coombes, Aidan Price.

 

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Ben McLaughlin, Derek Foran, Liam Burns, Eoghan Osbourne; Robert Waters (Mark Griffin 46), Peter Thomas (Paul Walsh, 33), John Mountney, Chris Shields, Stephen McDonnell (Bob McKenna 46); Michael Rafter.

Subs not used: Ger Hanley, Gary Shanahan, Gareth Coughlan, Nathan Murphy.

 

Referee: Graham Kelly.

Official attendance: 1,090

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Mark Griffin.

 

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Conor Kenna
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
John Russell
76Booked: 76'
Midfielder
Pat Flynn
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Jake Kelly
Forward
Chris Forrester
43Scored: 43'
Forward
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Aidan Price
Defender
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Dean Kelly
Forward
Eoin Hyland
Defender
Ian Daly
Forward
Ryan Coombes
Midfield
Jake Carroll
Defender
Dundalk
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Eoghan Osborne
Defender
Ben McLaughlin
Defender
82Booked: 82'
Derek Foran
Defender
Liam Burns
Defender
Robert Waters
Midfielder
21Booked: 21'
Peter Thomas
Midfielder
Chris Shields
Midfielder
57Booked: 57'
John Mountney
Midfielder
Stephen McDonnell
Midfielder
Michael Rafter
Forward
45Sent off: 45'

Substitutes
Paul Walsh
Midfield
Gary Shanahan
Midfield
Nathan Murphy
Defender
Bob McKenna
Forward
Ger Hanley
Goalkeeper
Marc Griffin
Forward
78Scored: 78'
90Scored: 90'
Gareth Coughlan
Midfield


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