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Date: 7:45 p.m. June 27, 2014
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 780
TV:

Chris Forrester 14' -
Scored: 14'


Christy Fagan 53' -
Scored: 53'


Christy Fagan 73' -
Scored: 73'


Scored: 40'
- Jake Kelly 40'

Scored: 77'
- Jake Kelly 77'



LOI Report: St. Pat's 3 - 2 Bray Wanderers

Fri, Jun 27 2014

Credit: Eoin Smith

Two goals from Christy Fagan helped St Pats to a thrilling win over a determined Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park on Friday night despite a brace from Jake Kelly that threatened to upset the Inchicore apple cart right up until the final whistle.

 

Bray started the game reasonably well, operating with three central defenders and two wing-backs in the form of Adam Hanlon and Shane O’Neill. But for all their effort they failed to make anything stick up front. Ismahil Akinade looked sluggish while Jake Kelly couldn’t quite find his rhythm.

 

Pats duly showed them how it should be done when Chris Forrester tucked Conan Byrne’s cross in at the near post after 14 minutes. The opportunity arose from a fine cross-field ball by James Chambers but Bray might have been accused of not heeding early warnings that Byrne was in the mood to make hay down Pats right flank.

 

Fagan had an effort ruled out for off-side after just four minutes, the chance also coming from Byrne’s efforts on the wing, and Byrne himself almost doubled the Saints’ lead just after the half hour mark when he let fly from distance and forced an excellent save from Stephen McGuinness in the visitor’s goal.

 

With half-time approaching Pats looked comfortable but, against the run of play, Bray hit back with a shock equaliser. David Cassidy played a ball into space at the near post and Jake Kelly beat Brendan Clarke to it before slipping an innocuous shot under the keeper and over the line.

 

If Bray thought they were on their way to a shock upset they were soon set straight by a St Pats side that started the second half at a terrific pace. It took just eight minutes for the home team to make their pressure count and it was Chambers who created it, delivering a perfectly judged cross for Christy Fagan to head powerfully home.

 

Fagan added a third on 73 minutes after a twenty minute period of relentless attacking play. Substitute Mark Quigley provided a pass in to the feet of Chambers and his delicate flick found the run of Fagan whose finish from inside the box was clinical.

 

The result seemed in no doubt as the game entered its final fifteen minutes but just as the first half had ended with a surprise contribution from Jake Kelly so too was the tail end of this game transformed by the Bray front man.

 

With 77 minutes on the clock Kelly lifted a free kick expertly over the Pats wall and into the top right corner of Brendan Clarke’s goal, prompting a frantic finale in which Bray threw everything at their hosts.

 

Pats were reduced to some fairly desperate defending as the ball pinged about in the vicinity of the home area, but ultimately the efforts of Alan Mathews’ side were in vain and Pats held out for three points that they had to sweat over rather more than they might have liked.

 

 

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Conor McCormack, Ger O’Brien, Derek Foran, Ian Bermingham; James Chambers, Greg Bolger, Killian Brennan (Keith Fahey 72); Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan (Lee Lynch 86), Chris Forrester (Mark Quigley 69).
Subs not used: Rene Gilmartin (gk), Lorcan Fitzgerald, Daryl Kavanagh, Sam Verdon.

Booked: None.

 

Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness; Eric McGill, Shane O’Connor, Robert Maloney; Adam Hanlon, David Cassidy, Graham Kelly, Shane O’Neill (Dave Scully 60); Dean Zambra; Jake Kelly, Ismahil Akinade.
Subs not used: Gavin Sheridan (gk), Adam Mitchell, Niall Cooney, Ciaran Byrne, Sean Hurley, Michael Brown.

Booked: Cassidy (39).

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer.

Attendance: 780

Extratime Man of the Match: James Chambers (St Patrick’s Ath).

 

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Derek Foran
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Conor McCormack
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Chris Forrester
14Scored: 14'
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
53Scored: 53'
73Scored: 73'
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Keith Fahey
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Midfield
Rene Gilmartin
Goalkeeper
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Lee-J Lynch
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Midfield
Mark Quigley
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Forward
Sam Verdon
Forward
Bray Wanderers
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Eric McGill
Defender
Robert Maloney
Defender
Shane O'Connor
Defender
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
Adam Hanlon
Midfielder
David Cassidy
Midfielder
39Booked: 39'
Shane O'Neill
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Jake Kelly
Forward
40Scored: 40'
77Scored: 77'
Ismahil Akinade
Forward

Substitutes
Sean Hurley
Midfield
Niall Cooney
Defender
CiarĂ¡n Byrne
Forward
Michael Brown
Defender
Adam Mitchell
Defender
David Scully
Forward
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
Gavin Sheridan
Goalkeeper


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