Date: 7:05 p.m. April 4, 2014
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,351

Chris Forrester 30' -
Scored: 30'

Greg Bolger 74' -
Red: 74'

Killian Brennan 90' + 3' -
Red: 90'

Scored: 50'
- John Mountney 50'

Scored: 62'
- Daryl Horgan 62'

Scored: 87'
- David McMillan 87'

Scored: 90'
- Sean Gannon 90' + 3'

League Report: St. Pat's 1 - 4 Dundalk

Fri, Apr 04 2014

In the battle of last season’s top two side, it was Dundalk who left Inchicore with a crucial three points as St Pat’s indifferent start to their title defence continues after this 4-1 reverse.


It was the home side who took a first half lead with a composed Chris Forrester finish after a defensive mix up, but Dundalk hit back after the break and before taking the lead through fine goals from John Mountney and Daryl Horgan. David McMillan and Sean Gannon added the extras late on after Greg Bolger saw red for the home side as did Killian Brennan after the full time whistle.


It was the visitors who came out the brighter in sunny south Dublin with Brian Gartland and Chris Shields both having efforts directed off the mark inside the opening four minutes. A sluggish Saints were then almost caught out with a ball in behind for John Mountney and his superb cut-back was brilliantly blocked by Ger O’Brien from Daryl Horgan’s attempt.


Slowly but surely though the champions began to find the rhythm that made them such an irresistible outfit last year, but were oft met with resolute defending from the visitors who were rarely troubled.


It took 21 minutes before the first real chance of the game presented itself and even then, when the ball broke to Dane Massey on the edge of the Pat’s penalty area, his outside of the boot volley that sailed over was always going to be a difficult skill to put into practice.


Moments later came St Pat’s first chance of the game when Conan Byrne sent a delicious free kick to the back post for Greg Bolger, but his low shot was saved well by the legs of Peter Cherrie. The home side then had strong handball appeals waved away when they had a goalbound effort from Christy Fagan knocked clear.


That spell seemed to galvanise the hosts who restricted Dundalk to a wayward Stephen O’Donnell shot from range in the aftermath. Galvanised they were and the Saints took the lead after 29 minutes with a complete mix up between Cherrie and Gartland.


A long ball forward saw the ‘keeper retreat to the right of his area to collect, but the ball never made it to him as Gartland stuck a toe on it from the edge of the area. The ball fell it into the path of Forrester and with the Scotsman stranded far from goal, he rolled in from outside the box with a shot that was harder than it looked.


Killian Brennan and Massey then both had curling free kicks comfortably saved in the minutes which followed, before a Pat’s mix up saw the ball fall kindly for Mountney who thrashed his strike narrowly wide of the far post.


A tame Towell strike signalled the start of the second half and within five minutes of the restart, The Town were back on level terms. Shields won a free kick 30 yards from goal and Mountney stepped up to drill a sweet strike low into the bottom corner past the diving Brendan Clarke.


From there, a slight edginess came into proceedings with Dundalk pressing and probing in the opposition territory. Their pressure paid off with little under half an hour remaining when they turned the game completely in their favour.


Hoban fed Daryl Horgan on the edge of the box and he let fly with a sumptuous strike that sailed into the corner of the net via the post. He stood still soaking up the praise of his teammates afterwards, perhaps drinking in his moment of brilliance in front of the live television cameras.


Towell had a good effort blocked afterwards while Saints threw on Keith Fahey and Daryl Kavanagh as they looked to get back in it but their efforts were dealt a serious blow when Greg Bolger saw red for a robust slide challenge on Andy Boyle.


At first glance, he seemed to get the ball but the follow through certainly rattled the former Shelbourne defender and the ex-Dundalk himself marched straight off the field before even been showing the colour of the card.


Three minutes from time, the game was ended as Dundalk added a deserved third when Towell set up substitute McMillan on the edge of the area. The former UCD striker pivoted before sending a low strike calmly into the corner of the net against his old club..


It got worse for Pat’s in stoppage tie and it was one of their own who came back to haunt them. After a good 90 seconds of Dundalk ball retention (with every successful pass cheered by the visitors), Gannon popped up at the back post to volley home Daryl Horgan’s cross with the side of his foot and sent Dundalk back up the M1 with maximum points.


St Patrick’s Ath: Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien (c), Derek Foran, Kenny Browne, Ian Bermingham; Greg Bolger; Chris Forrester (Daryl Kavanagh 73), Killian Brennan; Conan Byrne (Sean Hoare 77), Mark Quigley (Keith Fahey 63); Christy Fagan.
Subs not used: Patrick Jennings, Lee Lynch, James Chambers, Conor McCormack.

Booked: Browne (36)
Sent Off: Bolger (74), Brennan (90+3)


Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Stephen O’Donnell (C) (Ruaidhri Higgins 93); John Mountney (Darren Meenan 80), Richie Towell, Daryl Horgan; Patrick Hoban (David McMillan 74).
Subs not used: Gabriel Sava, Mark Rossiter, Marc Griffin, Kurtis Byrne.

Booked: Mountney (52), Shields (68), Towell (72), Meenan (84).


Referee: Padraigh Sutton (Clare).
Attendance: 1,351 Man of the Match: Stephen O’Donnell (Dundalk).



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Derek Foran
Kenny Browne
36Booked: 36'
Ian Bermingham
Ger O'Brien
Chris Forrester
30Scored: 30'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Conan Byrne
77Subbed Off: 77'
Killian Brennan
72Booked: 72'
90Sent off: 90'
Greg Bolger
66Booked: 66'
74Sent off: 74'
Mark Quigley
64Subbed Off: 64'
Christy Fagan

Keith Fahey
64Subbed On: 64'
James Chambers
Sean Hoare
77Subbed On: 77'
Pat Jennings
Daryl Kavanagh
73Subbed On: 73'
Lee-J Lynch
Conor McCormack
Peter Cherrie
Dane Massey
Brian Gartland
Sean Gannon
90Scored: 90'
Andy Boyle
Daryl Horgan
62Scored: 62'
John Mountney
50Scored: 50'
52Booked: 52'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Stephen O'Donnell
Chris Shields
70Booked: 70'
Richie Towell
72Booked: 72'
Patrick Hoban
Forward 75'
75Subbed Off: 75'

David McMillan
75Subbed On: 75'
87Scored: 87'
Ruaidhri Higgins
Marc Griffin
Kurtis Byrne
Darren Meenan
78Subbed On: 78'
84Booked: 84'
Mark Rossiter
Gabriel Sava

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