League of Ireland Premier Division
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25, 2012
Venue: Richmond Park
Ref: Neil Doyle
Att: 1,731

Sean O'Connor 7' - Penalty

Jake Carroll 9' - Goal

Goal - Gary McCabe 78'



St Patrick's Athletic 2 - 1 Shamrock Rovers

Tue, Sep 25 2012

Credit: Billy Galligan

St. Patrick’s Athletic closed the gap to league leaders Sligo Rovers to six points on Tuesday night after a 2-1 win against Dublin-rivals Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park.

 

St. Pat’s controlled the opening period and had numerous chances to build a substantial, but instead their two-goal lead led to a nervy ending after Rovers halved the deficit in the final quarter.

 

Shamrock Rovers began brightly and had a good chance in the opening minutes. Ciaran Kilduff flicked his header to Billy Dennehy who found Ronan Finn but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Greg Bolger.

 

Only five minutes had passed before the first talking point of the game. Bolger played in Sean O’Connor down the right, he cut inside but his shot deflected off Colin Hawkins, a deflection that referee Neil Doyle adjudged to have been a handball and the penalty was given.  Hawkins and Stephen O’Donnell were both booked for their protests but Sean O’Connor ignored the delay and fired past Oscar Jansson from 12-yards.

 

A good start became an ever better start one for The Saints when they doubled their lead just two minutes later. Jake Carroll dribbled his way past two Rovers defenders in the penalty area before his shot deflected off Colin Hawkins on its way to the back of the net.

 

Rovers tried their best to get back into the game but found Barry Murphy in their path, as he saved well from Ciaran Kilduff point-blank back post strike from McCabe ‘s cross.

 

The home side continued to attack and looked like scoring again on 26 minutes. Conor Kenna’s superb through ball set Carroll away again down the left and he crossed for Christy Fagan, but the striker couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and the chance was lost.

 

Jake Kelly tested Jansson one minute after the break, his volley from Ian Bermingham cross but he couldn’t beat the shotstopper.

 

Kelly came close again minutes later, this time heading straight at Jansson in the Rovers goal from Ger O’Brien’s inviting cross.

 

Shamrock Rovers got the lifeline their play rarely deserved when they reduced the deficit with twelve minutes to go. Gary McCabe collected the ball 30-yards out and struck an unstoppable shot into the top left corner past the despairing dive of Pat’s keeper Barry Murphy.

 

Rovers pushed in the final fifteen minutes and they almost grabbed an unlikely equaliser in the dying minutes but Ciaran Kilduff’s header came back off the woodwork in a crowded penalty area. St. Pat’s held on for a well deserved win but Rovers second half rally will give manager Brian Laws some hope for the coming weeks.

 

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Barry Murphy; Ger O’Brien, Pat Flynn, Conor Kenna, Ian Bermingham; Sean O’Connor (Darren Meenan 64), Greg Bolger, James Chambers (Ryan Coombes 82), Jake Carroll, Jake Kelly; Christy Fagan (Vinny Faherty 72).
Subs not used: Brendan Clarke, Anto Flood, Aidan Price, Kenny Browne.

Bookings: Carroll (28).

 

Shamrock Rovers: Oscar Jansson; Sean Gannon, Craig Sives, Colin Hawkins, Shane O’Connor; Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn, Stephen O’Donnell (Aaron Greene 62), Killian Brennan, Billy Dennehy; Ciaran Kilduff.
Subs not used: Reyaad Pieterse, Daryl Kavanagh, Ken Oman, Gary Twigg, Thomas Stewart, Gary O’Neill.

Booking: Hawkins (6), O’Donnell (6), Shane O’Connor (36), McCabe (85).

 

Referee: Neil Doyle.

Official Attendance: 1,731

Man of the Match: Ronan Finn (Shamrock Rovers).

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Sean O'Connor
7Peno: 7'
Midfielder
Jake Kelly
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Jake Carroll
9Scored: 9'
27Booked: 27'
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Darren Meenan
Midfield
Anthony Flood
Forward
Vinny Faherty
Forward
Ryan Coombes
Midfield
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kenny Browne
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
Shamrock Rovers
Oscar Jannson
Goalkeeper
Craig Sives
Defender
Shane O'Connor
Defender
37Booked: 37'
Colin Hawkins
Defender
6Booked: 6'
Sean Gannon
Defender
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfielder
6Booked: 6'
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
58Booked: 58'
78Scored: 78'
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward

Substitutes
Gary Twigg
Forward
Thomas Stewart
Forward
Reyaad Pieterse
Goalkeeper
Ken Oman
Defender
Gary O'Neill
Forward
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Aaron Greene
Forward


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