Date Time League Season
1 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Pat’s sneak draw against Drogheda

St. Patrick’s Athletic came from behind to draw 1-1 with Drogheda United to take a share of the spoils at Richmond Park in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Darragh Burns’ strike just over 10 minutes from time cancelled out Dayle Rooney’s opener.

The Saints began the affair with the majority of possession with Chris Forrester and Adam O’Reilly seeing plenty of the ball early on.

Despite the hosts early pressure, it was Drogheda United who took the lead after just over a quarter of an hour played.Darragh Nugent cut the ball back into the box and the Pat’s defence failed to clear their lines.

The lively Dayle Rooney took advantage of the defensive mishap and fired home from close range to give Drogs an early lead.

Pat’s did start to create chances after conceding and almost equalised when Anto Breslin went on a brilliant run down the left wing before finding Eoin Doyle inside the danger area. 

Sadly for Tim Clancy’s side, Sam Long was equal to Doyle’s attempt.

Mark Doyle and Jack Scott also had half chances for their Pat’s but they couldn't keep their efforts on target. Pat’s struggled in the final third with many players dropping deep and trying to create rather than getting in behind.

Joe Redmond had a good opportunity from a corner but his free header lacked real conviction and Long gathered the ball safely. 

Mark Doyle came close midway through the second period when Ben McCormack’s inch perfect cross found the Pat’s number 14 inside the box. 

Doyle’s header went narrowly over the bar.

With just under 15 minutes remaining, The Saints equalised through Darragh Burns. 

Anto Breslin’s low ball found the pacey winger on the edge of the six yard box to level the scores.

Pat’s kept the pressure mounted on Drogheda United but couldn’t find a winner.

  • 90'

    All over at it finishes 1-1.

  • 90'

    Drogheda defending well here deep into injury time.

  • 84'

    Not long left here at Richmond Park with Pat's pushing for an equaliser.

  • 77'

    Goal for Pat's and it's Darragh Burns who gets on the end of Anto Breslin's low cross. Game on and Pat's are level.

  • 75'

    McCormack with a peach of a cross into the path of Mark Doyle but his header goes agonisingly over the bar.

  • 74'

    Pat's dominating possession but they've too many players trying to create and drop deep, leaving them short in the final third.

  • 66'

    Burns' quick feet leads to the Pat's wide man making space for himself outside the area but thankfully for the visitors, it goes wide of the post.

  • 64'

    McCormack's speculative effort from distance goes wide of the target.

  • 58'

    Murphy and McCormack replace King and O'Reilly.

  • 58'

    Joe Redmond with a free header from a corner but the defender can\'t get enough power on his effort to trouble Long.

  • 48'

    King's cross come shot just curls away from the posts and wide.

  • 46'

    We're back underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half Time and Drogheda United are leading 1-0. Plenty of work for The Saints to do in the second 45.

  • 43'

    Jack Scott with a brilliant tackle to put an end to dangerous Drogheda United attack.

  • 37'

    Anang with a comfortable save to stop Rooney's free kick.

  • 34'

    Scott is next to try his luck for Pat's but his effort from distance slices wide.

  • 30'

    Burns cross finds Mark Doyle just outside the area but his effort goes narrowly over.

  • 30'

    Pat's pressing for an equaliser here since falling behind.

  • 22'

    Biggest chance so far for the hosts after Anto Breslin's lung bursting run down the left wing. Breslin squared the ball to Eoin Doyle but Sam Long is equal to his effort.

  • 20'

    Darragh Burns booked for his challenge on Massey.

  • 18'

    Goal for Dayle Rooney after Grivotsti's miss kick on his six yard box.

  • 4'

    The Saints dominating possession here early on.

  • 1'

    We're off. Pat's playing their usual 4-5-1 formation.

  • Kick off is just moments away here at Richmond Park.

  • The reigning FAI Cup champions are coming into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Derry City while Drogheda United beat rivals Dundalk last time out.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight's League of Ireland Premier Division clash between St.Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott 26 Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle Forward
14Mark Doyle 45 Forward
15Billy King 34 Forward
16Adam O’Reilly 18 Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward 78'
19Anto Breslin Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
18Ben McCormack 16 Midfielder
22Sam Curtis Defender
26James Abankwah 2 Defender
34Adam Murphy 15 Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 14 Forward

Drogheda Utd

31Sam Long Goalkeeper
2Sean Roughan Defender
3Evan Weir Defender
5Keith Cowan Defender
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
14Dane Massey Defender
16Dayle Rooney Midfielder 17'
17Dean Williams 9 Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder
24Darragh Nugent Midfielder
26George Poynton Midfielder 67'
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
10Dylan Grimes Midfielder
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
21Luke Heeney Midfielder
22Ryan Brennan Midfielder
25Killian Cailloce Forward
45Mark Hughes Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 29)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 21)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

(Series 11)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 2)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United


Richmond Park
Emmet Road, Kilmainham C ED, Dublin, Dublin 8, Leinster, D08 VK72, Ireland

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and