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Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 31, 2018
Venue: Richmond Park
Ref:
Att: 1,428
TV:

Achille Campion 54' -
Scored: 54'


Mick Leahy 68' -
Scored: 68'


Mick Leahy 83' -
Scored: 83'




League Report: St Patrick's Athletic 3 - 0 Waterford

Fri, Aug 31 2018

Darragh Markey was outstanding for the Saints. Credit: Paul Dolan

Dave Donnelly reports from Richmond Park

Achille Campion's first St Patrick's Athletic goal kicked off an outstanding second-half performance as the Saints stunned Waterford. 

Mick Leahy scored his first and second league goals for the Saints as Liam Buckley's decision to experiment with three at the back paid off after a shaky start.

The Blues drop out of the automatic European spots as a result of a performance that never really met the standards set by Alan Reynolds' side this season.

Buckley brought Leahy into the side alongside Lee Desmond and Kevin Toner, partly in an effort to dull the aerial prowess of Ismahil Akinade and Courtney Duffus up front for the Blues.

The trio largely kept the front pair quiet, and Waterford's direct tactics yielded little dividend, but it did leave the Athletic looking oddly blunt in the attack third in the first 45 minutes.

That all changed after the break as the Saints emerged with a fluency and desire that rattled their opponents, who have caused a few shocks themselves this year with a mix of power and pace.

Campion opened the scoring nine minutes after the break as he finished into an empty net following a flowing move that had been started and almost finished by the electric Darragh Markey.

The midfielder robbed Dessie Hutchinson on the edge of his own box before setting Ryan Brennan – a first-half substitute for Conor Clifford – free on the left.

He found Jake Keegan, who cut back onto his right foot before finding Markey in the box and his shot was parried by Matthew Connor into the path of the awaiting Campion.

The Athletic continued to pour forward and there was a sense of inevitabiity about the second as Leahy nodded home Markey's corner with the back of his head.

The Blues did belatedly force a chance of their own, Akinade curling just wide from the edge of the box, but they never looked like getting back in the game.

And so it was left to Leahy to have the last say, the defender getting his second double in Saints colours as he headed home Ian Bermingham's free kick.

St Patrick's Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Mick Leahy, Kevin Toner Lee Desmond; Simon Madden, Jamie Lennon, Conor Clifford (Ryan Brennan 25); Darragh Markey, Ian Bermingham; Jake Keegan (James Doona 85), Achille Campion (Ian Turner 90).

Subs not used: Barry Murphy (gk), Michael Barker, Conan Byrne, Dean Clarke.

Booked: Darragh Markey (41).

Waterford: Matthew Connor; Rory Feely (Paul Keegan 67), Kenny Browne, Dave Webster, Dylan Barnett (Noe Baba 89); Dessie Hutchinson, Bastien Hery, Gavan Holohan, Sander Puri (Carlos Wilson 71); Courtney Duffus, Ismahil Akinade.

Subs not used: Niall Corbet (gk), Darryl Walsh, Reinars Rode, Dean O'Halloran.

Booked: Bastien Héry (15), Kenny Browne (64).

Referee: Ben Connolly.

Attendance: 1,428 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Mick Leahy (St Patrick's Athletic).



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kevin Toner
Defender
Mick Leahy
68Scored: 68'
83Scored: 83'
Defender
Darragh Markey
41Booked: 41'
Midfielder
Simon Madden
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Conor Clifford
25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Midfielder
Ian Bermingham
Midfielder
Jake Keegan
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward
Achille Campion
54Scored: 54'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Turner
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Midfield
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
James Doona
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Dean Clarke
Forward
Conan Byrne
Midfield
Ryan Brennan
25'
25Subbed On: 25'
Midfield
Michael Barker
Defender
Waterford
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Dylan Barnett
Defender 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Kenny Browne
Defender
64Booked: 64'
Rory Feely
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
David Webster
Defender
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
15Booked: 15'
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
Dessie Hutchinson
Midfielder
Sander Puri
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Ismahil Akinade
Forward
Courtney Duffus
Forward

Substitutes
Noe Baba
Defender
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Paul Keegan
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Dean O'Halloran
Midfield
Renars Rode
Defender
Daryl Walsh
Midfield
Carlos Wilson
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'


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