Date Time League Season
14 March 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Pat’s make it three on the bounce

St. Patrick’s Athletic made it three wins on the bounce as they overcame UCD 2-0 at Richmond Park.

The hosts were made work hard for the result as UCD will rue missed chances.

Saints went ahead through an Eoin Doyle header in the 34th minute following great play by Darragh Burns who put it on a plate for the striker. Mark Doyle killed the game off in the second half with a well struck volley that nestled into the bottom corner. 

But the visitors can feel hard done by following their first half performance. UCD created numerous chances that they failed to capitalise on in the Saints penalty area. Dylan Duffy was played in early on by Seán Brennan but, the winger fired his shot over the bar.

It would be Brennan, Duffy, and Liam Kerrigan at the heart of everything good done by the visitors in the first half. UCD striker Colm Whelan would grow into the game as well and could have opened the scoring when he nearly got on the end of a brilliant delivery by John Ryan.  

The home side opened the scoring however, when Chris Forrester collected the ball 30 yards from goal. He played it out to Burns on the right-hand side, who initially cut in and had his shot blocked. He reacted the quickest then to take the ball to the by line before delivering an inch perfect cross that was met by Eoin Doyle for his second goal in as many games.  

The second half started the same as the first half with UCD having some big opportunities. Duffy collected the ball and played it out wide to Kerrigan, who knocked it past Breslin, but his strike was straight at Anang. St. Pat’s secured their second when Billy King drove the ball to the by line, his cross was poorly cleared by John Ryan, and the ball dropped to Mark Doyle 25 yards out who controlled it and struck it sweetly into the bottom corner. 

The men from Inchicore now move onto another long away trip up to Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday night, while for the D4 men it is another big Dublin derby when they host Bohemians at the Bowl.  

  • 94'

    Somehow Pat's don't make it 3-0 as Forrester and Owolabi are both denied inside the six yard box. It ends here at Richmond Park, St. Patrick's Athletic 2-0 UCD.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time here in Inchicore.

  • 89'

    Sam Todd is booked for a foul on Mark Doyle outside the box. The resulting free kick is fired over the bar.

  • 84'

    A fourth and fifth change for the visitors as Danny Norris and Lennon Gill come on for the final eight minutes to replace Dylan Duffy and Liam Kerrigan. A third and fourth change for the hosts as Ronan Coughlan and Jason McClelland replace Eoin Doyle and Darragh Burns.

  • 75'

    Another couple of changes for the visitors as Alex Dunne and Donal Higgins replace John Ryan and Seán Brennan.

  • 70'

    O'Reilly is next to step up for a long range effort for the hosts but again, no joy. Pat's again work it well out to Breslin but his cross is cleared before it can reach Owolabi

  • 65'

    Eoin Doyle has another chance in the box blocked by the UCD defence. Jack Scott is next to to try his luck but his strike goes just over the bar.

  • 64'

    A second change for the hosts sees Billy King be replaced by Owolabi.

  • 64'

    Anto Breslin goes into the referees book for a foul on Whelan.

  • 62'

    First change for the visitors sees Jack Keaney be replaced by Evan Caffrey.

  • 57'

    A second for the hosts. King takes it to the by line, his cross is poorly headered out by John Ryan, it falls to Mark Doyle on the half volley who controls it and sweetly strikes the ball into the bottom corner. 2-0.

  • 56'

    Healy does well to deny Eoin Doyle again collecting the ball on his second attempt. Another big chance for UCD as Duffy does well to turn away from O'Reilly, he plays it out wide to Kerrigan who pushes it past Breslin but hits it straight at Anang.

  • 55'

    Dylan Duffy nearly capitalises on a slack ball from Breslin, but Anang comes out to clear the danger. Pat's go down the other end and work it into the penalty area. King plays it into Eoin Doyle who swivels onto his left side but his strike is held by Healy. Colm Whelan has a penalty shout for the visitors turned away.

  • 50'

    Nothing to report on in since the restart. UCD have a free kick that is easily cleared. Both sides looking to keep the ball from the off.

  • 45'

    The home side get us underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    Eoin Doyle has a header from a Billy King corner that is cleared off the line by Sam Todd just on the stroke of half-time. 1-0 St. Pat's at the interval.

  • 40'

    A misplaced pass from Jack Scott in the middle of the park is pounced upon by UCD who work the ball out to John Ryan who cuts inside and his shot is deflected out for a corner. The resulting corner is cleared easily by the home side. The Saints are always looking for the out ball to their left hand side with Bermingham, and now Breslin in acres of space every time.

  • 36'

    An enforced change for the home side as captain Ian Bermingham has to be replaced by Anto Breslin. Looks like a shoulder problem for the left full.

  • 34'

    Goal for the home side. Darragh Burns collects the ball on the right hand side, his shot is initially blocked before he picks up the ball again and fizzes it across the face of the goal and there is Eoin Doyle at the back post to head it in. 1-0.

  • 30'

    The Saints almost go in front as Mark Doyle plays the ball across the face of the goal to Darragh Burns who is coming in at the back post but his effort hits the side netting. There is a good flow to the game with both sides putting in some crunching tackles.

  • 25'

    UCD move the ball very well out wide to Duffy who races onto the ball but his cross is cut out by Jack Scott denying a massive chance for the visitors. Pat's go go down the other end and O'Reilly sprays it out wide to King, who cuts inside on his left foot but his shot goes sailing over the bar.

  • 20'

    UCD are finding themselves in good positions with Brennan, Duffy, and Kerrigan at the heart of everything for the visitors. Bermingham wins a corner for the home side who plays it short, Pat's work it around the edge of the box well and Billy King's strike hits the side netting.

  • 15'

    UCD have grown into the game following the opening few minutes. A half chance for Mark Doyle sees him slice his half volley and out for a UCD goal kick.

  • 10'

    Two chances in quick succession for UCD. Brennan steals the ball off of Bermingham who drives towards the penalty area before he slips it to Duffy, but his effort goes over the bar. UCD then pinch the ball again but Duffy's cross can't be met by a UCD on rusher. An entertaining opening 10 minutes.

  • 5'

    Quick start from the home side. Mark Doyle has a header that is held by UCD keeper Lorcan Healy. A minute later, Forrester pinches the ball from UCD captain Jack Keaney, he plays through Eoin Doyle, but the shot goes over the bar.

  • 1'

    Colm Whelan gets the game underway for the visitors shooting from right to left.

  • Good evening and welcome to Richmond Park where St. Patrick's Athletic host UCD in tonight's SSE Airtricity Premier Division. Just the one change for either side as Anto Breslin comes out in replace of Billy King for the hosts, while Evan Caffrey drops out for Seán Brennan for the visitors.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
3Ian Bermingham 3 Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
15Billy King 45 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward
17Darragh Burns 11 Forward
9Eoin Doyle 10 Forward
11Jason McClelland 17 Forward
10Ronan Coughlan 9 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
3Anto Breslin 3 Defender
20James Abankwah Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
34Adam Murphy Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 15 Forward


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
3Evan Osam Defender
29Eric Yoro Defender
22Sam Todd Defender
6Jack Keaney 9 Midfielder
21Sean Brennan 18 Midfielder
23Adam Verdon Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
26John Ryan 15 Midfielder
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder
10Colm Whelan Forward
16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
5Luke Boore Defender
9Evan Caffrey 6 Forward
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
15Alex Dunne 26 Defender
18Donal Higgins 21 Midfielder
19Lennon Gill Forward
25Daniel Norris Forward

Past Meetings

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UCD AFC v St. Patrick's Athletic


AssistantsFourth Official
Brian Fenlon
Trevor Cotter
Oliver Moran


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Final year Journalism student in DCU. St. Pats reporter. Celtic supporter.