Date: 8 p.m. July 21, 2017
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,408
TV: eir Sport

Conan Byrne 52' -
Scored: 52'

Christy Fagan 57' -
Scored: 57'

Josh O'Hanlon 90' + 1' -
Scored: 90'

Scored: 37'
- Gary McCabe 37'

League Report: St. Patrick's Athletic 3 - 1 Bray Wanderers

Sat, Jul 22 2017

Conan Byrne celebrates his goal against Bray Wanderers Credit: Laszlo Geczo

By Sam McKeever at Richmond Park


Goals from Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan, and Josh O’Hanlon gave St. Patrick’s Athletic a vital win over Bray Wanderers on Friday night at Richmond Park as both sides were looking for well needed victories for different reasons.


The Saints were unchanged from the victory against Derry last week as they looked to start a run to keep them away from the drop zone.


As for Bray, they  were also unchanged from last Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Cork City who really needed a win to take the pressure away from off the field matters.


Pats started the game on the front foot in the early minutes of the match, which paid dividends as they had the shot on goal as Billy Dennehy caught Peter Cherrie off his line but his lob just went over the bar.


The Saint’s continued to dominate play and a cross on the right from Conan Byrne found the head of Christy Fagan who was unmarked in the Bray box but he headed his effort just over the bar.


The Seasiders took the lead just after the half hour mark as ex-Shamrock Rovers man Gary McCabe hit a fantastic free-kick which hit off the underside of the bar before going in with Conor O’Malley just only able to watch. It was a goal that was easily against the run of play with Pat’s creating the majority of the pressure up until the opener.


Pats tried to respond as quickly as they could and just before the end of the half a good run from Killian Brennan opened up space, but the Louth man could not get his effort on target as it sailed over the bar.


The opening moments of the second half left off from the first, as the Saints had a great opportunity to equalize. A low ball across from Conan Byrne caused havoc in the 6-yard box with Billy Dennehy getting a touch to direct it towards goal, but Hugh Douglas came in with a last gasp block to keep the score a 1-0 to The Seasiders.


Minutes later the home side got the leveller that they deserved. A corner from the right hand side from Killian Brennan found Conan Byrne in acres of space at the back post who headed downwards to find the back of the net.


Christy Fagan thought he had put The Saints in front just a few minutes later only for  the linesman to rule it out for offside.


Moments later Fagan had the ball in the net and this time it counted as a low cross from Graham Kelly on the right found Fagan on the six-yard box and his coolly slotted it past Peter Cherrie in the Bray goal giving the Saints a vital lead.


A loose ball fell to the feet of Fagan on the edge of the box just after the hour mark, but he could not covert the opportunity that was presented to him as his effort was weak and tame giving Peter Cherrie no problems as he dived down to his right to make the save.


The Seasiders pressed for an equalizer in the final 15 minutes of the game and found it hard to create anything against a determined Saints defence with Karl Moore having the only effort which flew by Conor O’Malley’s right hand post.


Pats sealed the win in added time as Josh O’Hanlon found himself one-on-one with Peter Cherrie in the box and he coolly side footed past him into the bottom corner to give Liam Buckley men another vital three points bringing them up to ninth.


St Patrick’s Athletic: Conor O’Malley; Michael Barker, Jordi Balk, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne, Killian Brennan(Rory Feely 92), Graham Kelly, Billy Dennehy; Kurtis Byrne(J.J Lunney 75), Christy Fagan (Josh O’Hanlon (85)

Subs not Used: Barry Murphy, Darragh Markey, Steven Grogan, Alex O’Hanlon

Bookings:  Jordi Balk (28), Killian Brennan (35), Graham Kelly (70), Bill Dennehy (73)


Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Kevin Lynch (Ger Pender 45), Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Jason Marks (Karl Moore73); Keith Buckley, Ryan Brennan, Mark Salmon, John Sullivan (Darragh Noone 60); Gary McCabe, Aaron Greene

Subs not used:  Lee Stacey, Derek Foran, Tim Clancy, Anthony Flood

Bookings: Mark Salmon (41)


Referee:  Neil Doyle

Man of the Match: Conan Byrne (St. Patrick’s Athletic)

Attendance: Unknown

St. Patrick's Athletic
Conor O'Malley
Jordi Balk
30Booked: 30'
Michael Barker
Ian Bermingham
Lee Desmond
Killian Brennan
36Booked: 36'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Conan Byrne
52Scored: 52'
Billy Dennehy
73Booked: 73'
Graham Kelly
71Booked: 71'
Kurtis Byrne
77Subbed Off: 77'
Christy Fagan
57Scored: 57'
86Subbed Off: 86'

Rory Feely
90Subbed On: 90'
Steven Grogan
JJ Lunney
77Subbed On: 77'
Darragh Markey
Barry Murphy
Alex O'Hanlon
Josh O'Hanlon
86Subbed On: 86'
90Scored: 90'
Bray Wanderers
Peter Cherrie
Hugh Douglas
Conor Kenna
Kevin Lynch
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Jason Marks
Defender 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Ryan Brennan
Keith Buckley
Gary McCabe
37Scored: 37'
Mark Salmon
41Booked: 41'
John Sullivan
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Aaron Greene

Tim Clancy
Anthony Flood
Derek Foran
Karl Moore
73Subbed On: 73'
Darragh Noone
60Subbed On: 60'
Ger Pender
46Subbed On: 46'
Lee Steacy

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