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

Match Report

Pat’s and Dundalk play out scoreless draw

St. Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk F.C played out a frustrating scoreless draw at Richmond Park this evening. Neither side could find the killer pass all game and both sets of fans will be unhappy with a 0-0 score-line.

Both sides had their periods of dominance but were unable to create too many clear cut chances. Darragh Burns looked the biggest threat all game and an Eoin Doyle header that was acrobatically tipped over by Dundalk keeper, Nathan Sheppard was the best chance of the game.

Despite dominating most of the first half with plenty of possession, helped by the tricky dribbling and turns of pace by wide men Billy King and Darragh Burns, St. Pat’s had nothing to show for their strong start.

Dundalk took a long time to get up to speed, they struggled to win the 50-50 balls were dangerously exposed on the flanks. As the half progressed, however, they began to stamp their authority on the game. Driven on by Robbie Benson in midfield who had the best chance of the first half when Patrick Hoban drove at the byline and picked out Benson well on the edge of the penalty area. His effort was ultimately blocked effectively by James Abankwah and this was the only real bit of space found by either team around the opposition goal.

After the restart, the game continued in the same vein. It wasn’t until the 62nd minute that the Saints were able to give Eoin Doyle the service he needed when a Darragh Burns cross found the head of the experienced striker. Robbie Benson made an important clearance minutes later when a Jason McClelland corner found the head of defender Tom Grivosti.

The best chance of the game was to come in the 83rd minute when again, a fine Darragh Burns cross off his left boot found the head of Eoin Doyle. The striker directed his diving header straight at Nathan Sheppard who again managed to lift the ball above the crossbar. An excellent save from the young goalkeeper but Doyle will rue the missed chance.

The game opened up in the last few minutes as both teams searched for a winner. However, as the tempo increased, so too did the fouls and neither side could build up too much-attacking momentum.

The Saints will be disappointed to come away without a win tonight and despite being the better side, they did not create enough clear cut chances to get all three points. Next up for St. Pats is a tough away fixture at Shamrock Rovers while the Lilywhites host Sligo Rovers.

  • 94'

    Full Time: Scoreless here at Richmond Park. Match report to follow.

  • 91'

    Daniel Kelly has an effort saved by Anang in the Pat's net, very open game here as both teams push for a winner.

  • 91'

    Daniel Kelly has an effort saved by Anang in the Pat's net, very open game here as both teams push for a winner.

  • 90'

    4 minutes of additional time here

  • 88'

    Mc Clellend strikes well from distance but again Sheppard is solid and holds on to the ball well.

  • 87'

    The Saints are really throwing the kitchen sink at Dundalk here and are bombarding the area with crosses. So far, the away side remain resolute...

  • 83'

    Chance! Much like the opportunity earlier on, Doyle finds space in the box from a Burns cross. His diving header is hit straight at Sheppard who once again tips it over the post. Great save but Doyle will feel he could have done better...

  • 81'

    Yellow for Robbie Benson who fouls Billy King. Momentum is with the home side here as we enter the final 10 minutes.

  • 77'

    Keith Ward is introduced to shake things up for the away side, he replaces Greg Sloggett.

  • 74'

    Grivosti is penalised for returning to the field of play after a head injury without the referee's permission. The result is a free-kick to Dundalk in a dangerous position but it comes to nothing. The home fans are furious with the referee!

  • 71'

    A Jason McClelland corner finds the head of Grivosti who directs in goalward well. Robbie Benson remains composed and clears just off the goal line.

  • 68'

    Dundalk's turn for a change as Joe Adams replaces Steven Bradley.

  • 63'

    Mark Doyle is introduced for the home side and he replaces Ronan Coughlan.

  • 62'

    Chance! Best of the game so far as Burns crosses in a lovely ball from his left foot and finds Eoin Doyle's head in the area. Great save from Sheppard who acrobatically pushes it over the bar.

  • 59'

    Yellow for Daniel Kelly. The winger went down on the edge of the area but the referee judged it to be simulation...hard to disagree with that assessment and no complaints from Kelly.

  • 55'

    Darragh Burns continues to look dangerous this half as he beats Leahy again and wins a corner. The set-piece ultimately comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement and blows for a free out. Dundalk is yet to get to grips with Burns down this flank...

  • 52'

    Dundalk have started the half more on the front foot. This time it's Greg Sloggett's turn to show a turn of pace down the wing, but as we have seen so often tonight an attacker cannot be found.

  • 48'

    Burns fizzes the ball right across the Dundalk goal after a tidy layoff from Eoin Doyle. Couldn't find a red shirt but enough to worry the Dundalk defence and Macari takes no chances and hoofs clear.

  • 45'

    One change at half-time and it's for Dundalk. Daniel Williams replaces Paul Doyle in midfield.

  • 45'

    Ronan Coughlan gets us back underway!

  • 45'

    Half time! St. Pats dominated the first half-hour but could not test Sheppard in the Dundalk goal. The away side has grown into it as the half progressed. Both sides will feel three points are on offer here...

  • 45'

    Two additional minutes here at Richmond Park.

  • 43'

    Best chance of the game so far as Robbie Benson finds plenty of space on the edge of the D, he cannot get an effort on target with Abankwah bravely blocking the effort. The resulting corner is headed high and wide by Boyle.

  • 40'

    Darragh Burns has been terrorising Leahy on the left of the Dundalk defence all evening so far. Several times he has beaten the defender with his quality dribbling and turn of pace. Dundalk have tried doubling up on the tricky winger. This time he beats two but has few options ahead of him to make anything of it.

  • 35'

    Dundalk have effectively neutralised the home side and is starting to stamp their authority on the game. Robbie Benson is stringing some nice passes together and driving the Lilywhites forward when he can.

  • 30'

    Despite St. Pats dominating proceedings and penetrating effectively out wide, they have struggled to find that final pass and Eoin Doyle is struggling to get space to attack the Dundalk goal.

  • 28'

    The first card of the game and it's a yellow for Sloggett who can have no complaints.

  • 23'

    Early change for Pats as McClelland replaces Adam Murphy who looks to have picked up a hamstring injury after a tackle from Greg Slogget.

  • 17'

    Rare attack for Dundalk as Bradley switches the play to Daniel Kelly. Abankwah stands up well and has to concede a corner. The training ground routine eventually finds Benson whose drilled effort is blocked. Finally some relief for the Dundalk back four...

  • 13'

    The home side are starting to dominate proceedings here, encouraged by a lively crowd. Both Billy King and Ronan Coughlan are finding space behind the Dundalk defence but yet to seriously threaten Sheppard in between the sticks.

  • 10'

    Darragh Burns looking dangerous down the right flank. A lovely chip over the Dundalk back line from Redmond and a darting run from Burns sets up a blocked shot, clearly a flank being targeted by the home side early on.

  • 7'

    Lively start for both sides here. St. Pats are looking to attack while the away side are bringing energy and pace into the counter attack.

  • 3'

    Scare for Dundalk after some miscommunication between Connolly and Sheppard in goal sees the high ball spill out of the keeper's hands. The ball ultimately bounces out for a corner which comes to nothing.

  • Paul Doyle gets the away side underway here at Richmond Park.

  • It's a calm, sunny evening here in Inchicore. However, tensions will be simmering away before kickoff given the return of Stephen O'Donnell to his former club St. Pat's, whom he managed until the end of last year. A host of former Pat's players followed O'Donnell to the Lilywhites including Robbie Benson who starts in midfield and Sam Bone who is on the bench. It will be interesting to see how this shapes the encounter, kickoff is just moments away...

  • Three changes for the hosts St.Pats: James Abankwah, Adam Murphy and Ronan Coughlan replace Mark Doyle, Jack Scott and Chris Forrester

  • Teams news is out! Dundalk remained unchanged from their victory over UCD last week.

  • Good evening, Conor Paterson here reporting on the League of Ireland Premier Division clash between heavyweights St. Patrick\'s Athletic and Dundalk F.C. Kickoff here at Richmond Park is at 7.45 pm, team news coming to you shortly.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
James Abankwah Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender 82'
5Tom Grivosti Defender 74'
34Adam Murphy 11 Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
15Billy King 45 Forward
17Darragh Burns Forward
10Ronan Coughlan 14 Forward
Eoin Doyle Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
11Jason McClelland 34 Forward 92'
14Mark Doyle 10 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 15 Forward
17Kyle Robinson Forward


1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Mark Connolly Defender
7Daniel Kelly Midfielder 59'
8Robbie Benson Midfielder 81'
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward
10Greg Sloggett 17 Midfielder 28'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Steven Bradley 20 Forward
21Paul Doyle 19 Midfielder
3Brian Gartland Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
17Keith Ward 10 Midfielder
19Daniel Williams 21 Midfielder
20Joe Adams 16 Midfielder 87'
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward 90'
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Series 32)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Semi Final)
3 - 1
Richmond Park

St. Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 23)
1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 14)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 5)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 15)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 6)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic


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

Conor Paterson is a Dublin based journalist and student. He is the current editor of UCD newspaper the College Tribune, where he is also undertaking an undergraduate degree. Passionate about football on and off the pitch, he is determined to promote UCD AFC and Irish football on the Belfield campus.