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22 April 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Doyle delivers on the double for Saints

St. Patrick’s Athletic comfortably overcame Finn Harps 2-0 thanks to a brace from Eoin Doyle.

The win tops off a good week for the Saints following last Monday’s victory against UCD.

St. Pats took the lead when Eoin Doyle got on the end of a Billy King delivery to nod the ball back where it came into the near post.

The hosts doubled their advantage when Ethan Boyle was deemed to have fouled Joe Redmond in the penalty area. Eoin Doyle stepped up and made no mistake this time as he fired the ball straight down the middle to make it 2-0.  

Finn Harps grew into the game as the second half and could have pulled one back when Mahdy was sent through, but his effort was well saved by Joseph Anang.

Mahdy would soon squander another big chance when the ball fell to him in the six-yard area, however again he failed to convert. St. Pat’s dominated possession throughout the game and Eoin Doyle could have had his hattrick when he had an effort whisk past the post in the 90th minute. 

The win leaves Pats sitting in third, six points off second place Shamrock Rovers. For the visitors, the result keeps them in second last, three points ahead of UCD but, five points behind Shelbourne. 

For the Inchicore club, it is a massive game against Derry City next Friday week when they meet at Richmond as they look to close the gap on the front two. As for the Ballybofey men, it is a crucial bottom of the table clash when they host Shelbourne next Friday night. 

  • 95'

    Full-time 2-0.

  • 90'

    The fourth official has stated there will be five minutes of stoppage time left.

  • 83'

    Chris Forrester is booked for a foul.

  • 81'

    Barry McNamee is replaced by Luke Rudden for the away side.

  • 80'

    Better play from the away side as they search for a way back into the game. Mahdy tests Anang but the keeper saves. A minute later the balls drops to Mahdy in the six yard area but again, his shot goes over the bar. Ian Bermingham is next to come on for Pats replacing Tom Grivosti.

  • 75'

    More subs for the home side. Mark Doyle and Jason McClelland come on to replace Billy King and Darragh Burns.

  • 70'

    Finn Harps create their biggest chance as Mahdy lays it off to McNamee but Grivosti does very well to get his body in the way. A second change for for the hosts as Ronan Coughlan comes on to replace Ben McCormack. Eoin Doyle does well to bring down a cross on his chest but his shot goes wide.

  • 65'

    Two more changes for the visitors as Carrillo and McWoods are replaced by Mahdy and Devers.

  • 60'

    Rob Slevin is next into the referee's book for a foul on Eoin Doyle. The game has been very stop start since the goal.

  • 58'

    Ethan Boyle brings down Joe Redmond in the penalty area from a corner. The referee awards a penalty and Eoin Doyle rectifies his penalty miss against UCD by hammering the ball straight down the middle and into the back of the net. 2-0 St Pats.

  • 55'

    Harps win their first corner of the second half. However, it again comes to nothing. Mihalkevic pinches the ball from Forrester and puts through Timlin but Anang saves well.

  • 50'

    Mark Timlin comes on to replace Batien Hery. Harps manager Ollie Horgan is also booked for complaining one too many times.

  • 45'

    Jack Scott is the only change at half-time as he replaces the injured Abankwah.

  • 45'

    The fourth official announces two additional miniutes to the first half. Abankwah does well down the right hand side but goes down following a cross and needs treatment. He limps back on gingerly. The referee blows for half time. 1-0 St. Pats.

  • 40'

    Haprs respond well to the goal and get a corner. the ball is messed around until McNamee stands one up to the back post but it is well cleared for another corner however, that one comes to nothing. Forrester nearly sets Doyle away from a quick free-kick but it is just too far ahead of him. N'Zeyi is booked for a foul on McCormack.

  • 37'

    Pats take the lead through a great header from striker Eoin Doyle. 1-0 St. Pats.

  • 35'

    Billy King has an effort that sails over the bar. Finn Harps really struggling to maintain any bit of possession . Burns and Doyle link up again and Doyle's firs time effort is well saved by McGinley. Doyle didn't catch it as well as he would've liked to.

  • 30'

    No chances for either side as Pats look for an opening to goal moving it from side to side. A terrific cross from McCormack to the far post is met by Burns who tries to tee up Doyle but McGinley smoothers it.

  • 25'

    Another bit of good work this time down the saints left hand side sees Breslin's cross cleared for a corner. Finn Harps first spell of good play nearly sees McWoods nearly get put through one on one but Redmond just gets a toe in to deny him.

  • 20'

    Burns is next to test McGinley with a strike from just outside the box who parries it to the way of Eoin Doyle but he can't get the right contact on the shot and the ball goes just wide. The home side are knocking on the door for an opener.

  • 15'

    St. Pats waste a free kick in a good position and are nearly done on the counter but Abankwah does well to mop up the danger. Pat's nearly produce an early goal of the season contender but McCormack's shot is deflected out for a corner.

  • 10'

    Billy King teases a cross across the face of the Finn Harps goal but it is cleared. McGinley then pulls off a terrific save to deny Ben McCormack after some good link up play between Doyle and Burns. Finn Harps go down the other end and win their second corner of the game but, it comes to nothing

  • 5'

    Fin Harps win a corner straight from kick off but, it is cleared. Pat's looking to move the ball early and dictate the play. The home side yet to create any chances.

  • 1'

    Finn Harps get the game underway shooting from right to left in the first half.

  • Good evening and welcome to Richmond Park for St. Patrick's Athletic vs Finn Harps. There are six changes for the hosts as Doyle, King, O'Reilly, Breslin, and Abankwah all return as well as a first league start for Ben McCormack this season. Finn Harps make just the six changes with Élie N’Zeyi, McWoods, and Rainey all comibg back into the starting fold.

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder 83'
9Eoin Doyle Forward 37', 58'
15Billy King Forward
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
19Anto Breslin Defender
20James Abankwah 2 Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott 20 Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward
22Sam Curtis Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender 60'
8Eric McWoods Midfielder
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
15Jose Carrillo Defender
17Elie-Gael N’Zeyi Midfielder 40'
21Bastien Hery 10 Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
24Ethan Boyle Defender
33Filip Mihaljevic Forward
99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
9Yousef Mahdy Forward
10Mark Timlin 21 Midfielder
11Jesse Devers Midfielder
12Luke Rudden Forward
20Shaun McDermott Defender
26Erol Erdal Alkan Defender
30Damien Duffy Midfielder
32Stephen Black Defender

Timeline

Past Meetings

(Round 5)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 35)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 25)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
4 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 7)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 16)
3 - 2
Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(1st Round)
1 - 0
FAI Cup
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 7)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

Officials

RefereeAssistants
Adriano RealeBrian Fenlon
Dermot Broughton

Ground

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

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