2012 FAI CUP Semi Finals
Date: 3:55 p.m. Oct. 7, 2012
Venue: Oriel Park
Ref: Alan Kelly
Att: 2,035

Goal - Kenny Browne 20'

Goal - Greg Bolger 52'

Goal - Sean O'Connor 85'



FAI Cup SF - Dundalk 0 - 3 St Patrick's Athletic

Sun, Oct 07 2012

Credit: Darragh Connolly

St. Patrick’s Athletic took a giant step to ending their 51 year wait for FAI Cup success as they brushed aside a plucky Dundalk side on Sunday afternoon at Oriel Park. A first half goal from Kenny Browne and a goal apiece in the second period from former Lilywhite Greg Bolger and Sean O’Connor gave the Saints a three goal victory and a place in November 4th’s final at the Aviva Stadium.

 

The game began as a typical FAI Cup semi-final would, both teams slightly nervous and trying to find their feet. Despite all their possession, St. Patrick’s didn’t muster up a chance of note in the opening quarter of an hour and it was Dundalk’s John Mountney who managed to break through the midfield but his shot was weak and went wide of Barry Murphy’s goal.

 

Pat’s reacted well and Sean O’Connor’s free-kick was brilliantly saved by Dundalk ‘keeper Peter Cherrie on 20 minutes and knocked it out for a corner. From the resultant kick, the Saints took the lead.  Ger O’Brien’s cross was deep to the back post and it was headed back across goal  by Chris Forrester where he found Kenny Browne who gladly finished to the net from 6 yards.

 

The hosts responded well when Michael Rafter did well to beat Browne but his shot was straight at Brendan Clarke. Then, Barry Conlon missed a gilt edge chance to equalise. John Mountney’s free-kick found Conlon who was unmarked but he headed wide from 6 yards with just the ‘keeper to beat.

 

The game then descended into scrappiness as both sides tried to gain control of the game. Christy Fagan shot straight at Cherrie following a knock-on by Ian Bermingham while Forrester had an effort saved by Cherrie with 5 minutes remaining until half-time. Rafter hit a free-kick over  the bar for Dundalk just before half-time.

 

Browne’s goal separated the side’s at the break with the Lilywhites with it all to do.

 

Straight after the break, O’Brien shot wide for St. Pat’s before Dundalk’s task was made even more difficult. O’Connor found space on the right hand side and his pin-point cross found substitute Bolger who had the easiest of tasks to head past Cherrie into the Dundalk net.

 

The Lilywhites almost found a way back into the game on the hour mark when Shanahan found Mountney and he  laid it off to Rafter who shot just over the bar from a great turn. Minutes later roles were reversed as Mountney ran through the visitors defence before he found Shanahan but his effort was well blocked by Conor Kenna.

 

Dundalk’s spell of pressure was not successful and the Saints took control of the game once more in the final stages. Dundalk weren’t able to create much and as they tried to push forward for a goal, the Saints sealed victory with a 3rd goal on 85 minutes.

 

As  Fagan chased, Cherrie could only head away a long ball down the middle from the visitors defence and it found O’Connor who easily stroked home to an empty net from 30 yards. O’Brien had a late shot for the Saints however it was easily saved by Cherrie.

 

That would prove to be the last action as referee Alan Kelly’s final whistle was greeted with an almighty cheer from the visiting Saints supporters as they march on to their first FAI Cup final in six years.

 

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; John Mountney, Liam Burns, Derek Foran, Eoghan Osbourne; Paul Walsh (Lorcan Shannon 74), Chris Shields, Mark O’Brien, Gary Shanahan (Stephen McDonnell 77); Michael Rafter (Bob McKenna 85), Barry Conlon.
Subs not used: Peter Thomas, Nathan Murphy, William Woods, Conor McDonald.

Booked: Osbourne (66).

 

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Barry Murphy; Ger O’Brien, Kenny Browne, Conor Kenna, Ian Bermingham; Sean O'Connor, Chris Forrester (John Russell 66), James Chambers (Greg Bolger 40), Jake Carroll, Jake Kelly; Christy Fagan.
Subs not used: Brendan Clarke, Aidan Price, Pat Flynn, Anto Flood, Vinny Faherty.

Booked: Carroll (44).

 

Referee: Alan Kelly.
Attendance: 2,035
Extratime.ie man of the match: Sean O’Connor (St Patrick's Ath).

 



Dundalk
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Eoghan Osborne
67Booked: 67'
Defender
John Mountney
Defender
Derek Foran
Defender
Liam Burns
Defender
Paul Walsh
Midfielder
Chris Shields
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Mark O'Brien
Midfielder
Michael Rafter
Forward
Barry Conlon
Forward

Substitutes
William Woods
Midfield
Peter Thomas
Defender
Lorcan Shannon
Midfield
Nathan Murphy
Defender
Bob McKenna
Forward
Stephen McDonnell
Midfield
Conor McDonald
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Kenny Browne
Defender
20Scored: 20'
Jake Carroll
Defender
44Booked: 44'
Conor Kenna
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
Midfielder
Jake Kelly
Midfielder
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder
85Scored: 85'
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Greg Bolger
Midfield
52Scored: 52'
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Vinny Faherty
Forward
Anthony Flood
Forward
Pat Flynn
Defender
Aidan Price
Defender
John Russell
Midfield


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