IRE Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 26, 2013
Venue: Richmond Park
Ref: Padraigh Sutton
Att: 1,404

Conan Byrne 21' -
Scored: 21'


Scored: 37'
- Michael Rafter 37'



St Patrick's Athletic 1 - 1 Derry City

Fri, Apr 26 2013

Derry City failed to go to the top of the Premier Division table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Saint Patricks Athletic at Inchicore on Friday night. Michael Rafter cancelled out Conan Byrne's earlier goal to insure a share of the points in a game which Pats should have won.

 

The home team started the better of the two and they had the majority of the early possession. In the fourth minute they had the game's first chance. Killian Brennan swung in a corner from the left and Chris Forrester met it but diverted his effort wide.

 

Pats went close again in the 11th minute. Ger O'Brien cut in from the right hand side and took a shot with his left foot which went just over the bar. Just moments later Greg Bolger hit a fine shot from outside the area which Gerard Doherty did well to push around the post.

 

Liam Buckley's side deservedly took the lead in the 21st minute. Derry City full back Simon Madden missed the ball and Chris Forrester gained possession. Forrester hit a scuffed shot and the ball then reached John Russell. Russell failed to control it properly but the ball broke to Conan Byrne who placed it into the corner of the net for his third goal in three successive league games.

 

Derry slightly improved as the half went on but their best moments came from a couple of crosses into the box which Saint Pats’ goalkeeper Dave Ryan struggled to deal with. That was until the 37th minute when the visitors got a rather fortunate equalizer.

 

Conor Kenna only half cleared the ball and it eventually reached Barry McNamee.  McNamee played the ball into the Pats area. Michael Rafter took a shot which was blocked by Kenna but the ball rebounded to Rafter who turned sharply and beat Ryan to level the scores.

 

The opening 20 minutes of the second half were fairly even. Derry threatened with a couple of dangerous balls into the Pats area while John Russell had a shot from 20 yards out for the home team which didn't threaten.

 

Chris Forrester nearly scored a stunning goal for the Saints in the 72nd minute. Ian Bermingham played the abll to him from the left and Forrester turned and shot from about 30 yards out, but the ball just shaved the post.

 

Forrester's influence grew as the game went on and he was involved again in the 80th minute. He linked up with Killian Brennan before Brennan found Ian Bermingham. Bermingham tried his luck from a narrow angle but Gerard Doherty got down quickly to make the save.

 

Soon afterwards Derry came close themselves. Madden put in a fine cross from the right  and Ruaidhri Higgins, who had a quiet game, met it with his head but the ball went across the goal and wide. Just a minute later the Saints had another opportunity. Ryan McBride misjudged the ball and substitute Christy Fagan was in on goal but Doherty was out like lightning to block Fagan's shot.

 

Pats should have won it injury time. John Russell crossed from the left. Christy Fagan headed goalwards from two yards out but somehow Doherty was there again to save from point blank range. The rebound broke to Jordan Keegan who fired wide.

 

The game finished in a 1-1 draw. It was Saint Patricks Athletic's first draw of the season but they will feel disappointed not to have gained their seventh league victory.

 

Saint Patricks Athletic: Dave Ryan; Ger O'Brien, Connor Kenna (c), Kenny Browne, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne (Jordan Keegan 83), Killian Brennan, Greg Bolger, Christopher Forrester; John Russell; Anthony Flood (Christy Fagan 61).
Subs not used: Brendan Clarke, Aidan Price, Conor Murphy, Sean Gannon, Shane McFaul.

Booked: Bolger (80).

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Ryan McBride, Shane McEleney, Thomas Crawley (Dermot Caffrey 54); Ruaidhri Higgins,  Barry Molloy (c), Barry McNamee; Patrick McEleney; Rory Patterson, Michael Rafter (Sean Houston 74).
Subs not used: James Gallagher, Mark Griffin, Michael Duffy, Ryan Curran, Tony McNamee.

Booked: Molloy (30), Patterson (45), B McNamee (67), Doherty (90).

 

Referee: Padraigh Sutton.

Attendance: 1,404

Extratime.ie man of the match: Gerard Doherty (Derry City).

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Dave Ryan
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Greg Bolger
80Booked: 80'
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
21Scored: 21'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
Midfielder
John Russell
Midfielder
Anthony Flood
59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Forward

Substitutes
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Christy Fagan
59'
59Subbed On: 59'
Forward
Sean Gannon
Defender
Jordan Keegan
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Shane McFaul
Midfield
Conor Murphy
Forward
Aidan Price
Defender
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
90Booked: 90'
Thomas Crawley
Defender 54'
54Subbed Off: 54'
Simon Madden
Defender
Ryan McBride
Defender
Shane McEleney
Defender
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
67Booked: 67'
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
30Booked: 30'
Rory Patterson
Forward
45Booked: 45'
Michael Rafter
Forward
37Scored: 37'
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'

Substitutes
Ryan Curran
Forward
Michael Duffy
Midfield
James Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Marc Griffin
Forward
Sean Houston
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Dermot McCaffrey
Defender
54Subbed On: 54'
54'
Tony McNamee
Midfield


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