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Date: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2011
Venue: Richmond Park
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Att: 1,414
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Conor Kenna 67' -
Scored: 67'




St Patrick's Athletic 1 - 0 Sligo Rovers

Sat, Oct 08 2011

 

Sligo Rovers' bid for a first league title since 1977 has taken a major blow after they were somehow beaten 1-0 by St. Patricks Athletic at inchicore on Friday night. Conor Kenna's 67th minute header proved to be the key moment of a game which Sligo dominated.

 

The visitors took control of the game from the start and they could have taken the lead in the 5th minute. Matthew Blinkhorn passed it to Danny Ventre who found Joseph Ndo. He  played it to John Russell on the right and his shot at goal from a tight angle went just over.

 

Paul Cook's side continued to have most of the play throughout the first half and they came close to scoring again in the 25th minute. Gavin Peers played a fine ball out of defence to Joseph Ndo who played it to John Russell on the right. Russell's cross found Matthew Blinkhorn who’s header deflected off Evan McMillan, which took the sting out of it.

 

The bit of red should have scored in the 40th minute. Joseph Ndo was involved again playing in a fine cross from the right which picked out Mathew Blinkhorn. The Sligo number nine headed the ball from inside the six yard box into the ground and and it bounced over the bar.

 

The visitors came close to scoring again just before half time. After Pats cleared a corner, the ball came back out to Alan Keane and his accurate cross found Jason McGuinness, who headed just wide.

 

There was little to choose between the sides in the first 20 minutes of the second half. However, the Westerners missed another chance in the 64th minute. Sligo broke on the counter attack and Ndo played in Eoin Doyle. Doyle approached goal but, under pressure from Evan McMillan, he shot over.

 

Pete Mahon's side took the lead in the 67th minute. After Jason McGuinness fouled Daryl Kavanagh, Stephen Bradley took the resultant free kick from the right and captain Conor Kenna headed home.

 

Sligo dominated the game after Pats scored. In the 76th minute they missed another chance when Eoin Doyle chested it down brilliantly for Alan Kirby, who was through on goal but shot wide from eight yards out.

 

In the 89th minute Alan Kirby curled one in from the left for Sligo, and his effort hit the crossbar. A minute later substitute Rafael Cretaro's header was saved by Gary Rogers. In the 93rd minute Richie Ryan missed Sligo's last chance, when he hit the post from inside the box.

 

Pats deserve credit for the way they defended but Paul Cook will be wondering how his side failed to at least get a point from this game. This game demonstrated that at any level of football, a team has to take their chances.

 

St. Patricks Athletic: Gary Rogers, Derek Pender, Ian Bermingham, Connor Kenna (captain), Evan McMillan (Brian Shorthall 89) Stephen Bradley, Derek Doyle, David Mulcahy (David McMillan 37), Paul Crowley, Anthony Murphy (Danny North 78), Daryl Kavanagh

Subs Not Used: Sean Stewart, Matthew Holland, Ian Daly, Chris Bennion.

 

Bookings: Mulchay (19), Pender (38), Keane (86).

 

Sligo Rovers: Brendan Clarke, Alan Keane, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Jason McGuinness, Gavin Peers, Danny Ventre (Alan Kirby, 46), Richie Ryan (captain), Joseph Ndo,Aaron Greene (Rafaele Cretaro 70), John Russell, Matthew Blinkhorn (Eoin Doyle 58).

Subs Not Used: Ciaran Kelly, John Dillon, Derek Foran, Conor Powell.

 

Bookings: Ventre (31), McGuinness (68)

 

Referee: Tom Connolly.

Attendance: 1,414

Extratime.ie man of the match: Evan McMillan (St. Patricks Athletic).



St. Patrick's Athletic
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Conor Kenna
67Scored: 67'
Defender
Evan McMillan
Defender
Derek Pender
38Booked: 38'
Defender
Stephen Bradley
Midfielder
Paul Crowley
Midfielder
Derek Doyle
Midfielder
Dave Mulcahy
19Booked: 19'
Midfielder
Anto Murphy
Midfielder
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward

Substitutes
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Ian Daly
Forward
Matt Holland
Defender
David McMillan
Forward
Danny North
Forward
Brian Shortall
Defender
Sean Stewart
Forward
Sligo Rovers
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Defender
68Booked: 68'
Alan Keane
Defender
86Booked: 86'
Iarfhlaith Davoren
Defender
Danny Ventre
Midfielder
31Booked: 31'
Richie Ryan
Midfielder
93Booked: 93'
John Russell
Midfielder
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
Forward
Matthew Blinkhorn
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Powell
Defender
Alan Kirby
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Goalkeeper
Derek Foran
Defender
Eoin Doyle
Forward
John Dillon
Midfield
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward


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