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

Match Report

Sligo and Pat’s play out entertaining draw

Sligo Rovers played out an entertaining and eventful 1-1 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic to solidify both side’s midtable positions.

Aidan Keena scored a sumptuous opener on 35 minutes after a divine layoff by David Cawley.

Five minutes after half time however, Darragh Burns levelled after Eoin Doyle crossed well from the left.

The match was an end-to-end thriller, at times scrappy but immensely watchable thanks to both teams’ willingness to allow their attacking talents to play freely.

Within five minutes, a St Pats corner resulted in Joe Redmond’s snapshot which forced Ed McGinty to tip over. St Patrick’s Athletic were on top and came close via Doyle and Chris Forrester before the sucker punch of Sligo’s score. 

Cawley escaped a tackle and brilliantly located Keena who effortlessly curled the ball into the top corner. Brian McCormick attempted to restore parity before the break but shot wide. 

Immediately after the interval, Will Fitzgerald could have doubled the lead but shot straight at Anang. Moments later, the Showgrounds crowd was silenced as Forrester released Doyle who galloped down the left and delivered a cross that was begging for a touch. Burns, sprinting in on the back post, obliged and it was 1-1. 

The frenzied nature of the match continued as the teams’ traded opportunities. Fitzgerald had another snapshot deflected narrowly wide which was the closest either side came to grabbing a winner. 

Whilst there were six yellow cards dished out, the match was feisty due to its intensity and as such made for a pleasure to watch. 

Coming from behind maintains Pat’s recent momentum and proves their versatility as this performance was in stark contrast to their defensively dogged approach against Derry last week.

Sligo, after a tough recent run, will be as encouraged by the performance as taking a point that both teams had thoroughly earned.

  • Thanks for your company tonight and I hope you enjoyed our coverage of Sligo Rovers-1 St Patrick's Athletic-1

  • Great game and a fair result, neither deserved to lose that

  • Full Time: Sligo Rovers-1 St Patrick's Athletic-1

  • 90'

    File that under taking one for the team as his foul curtails a Sligo counterattack

  • 85'

    Darragh Burns

  • 76'

    The tempo and atmosphere around this whole game has been fantastic from both teams. End to end and although it is a bit scrappy, its entertaining

  • 73'

    Mark Doyle for Billy King

  • 73'

    Sub for St Pats

  • 69'

    Rovers' fourth booking tonight

  • 62'

    Anyone's to win now, you feel

  • 54'

    The home keeper gets a card

  • 52'

    Shane Blaney booked

  • 50'

    Darragh Burns scores for St Pats and they're level! Cracking goal. Forrester set Doyle running down the left and his wonderful pinged cross is tappied in at the back post by the onrushing Burns! 1-1 and game on!

  • Second half starting! Let's hope for more of the same

  • 45'

    Half Time: Sligo Rovers-1 St Patrick's Athletic-0. Aidan Keena's special finish the difference

  • 44'

    Buckley booked a minute before half time for a cynical trip

  • 42'

    The visitors are responding well, Doyle has just headed over after Anto Breslin began the move with a gorgeous cross from the left

  • 36'

    Sligo go in front and it is a sumptuous goal!! David Cawley's audacious flick sends Aidan Keena into the edge of the area and the forward curls home the sweetest of strikes

  • 23'

    Good game this. Both sides pressing to good effect. Its making for a fine tempo and very watchable match

  • 15'

    Rovers sparking into life now. Lewis Bank\'s hits a shot that has Joseph Anang scrambling to save well before Billy King shoots on sight but well over the crossbar

  • 5'

    Good start by St Pats and from a corner, Joe Redmond hits a shot that requires Ed McGinty to tip over

  • Underway!

  • Kick off is now immediate in the next few minutes

  • Hi Everyone. I'm Rory Morrow and welcome to tonight's coverage of Sligo Rovers vs St Patrick's Athletic in the Airtricity League tonight. Kick off in 20 minutes

Sligo Rovers

1Ed McGinty Goalkeeper 54'
2Lewis Banks Defender 69'
4Shane Blaney Defender 52'
19Paddy Kirk Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Niall Morahan Midfielder
22David Cawley Midfielder
26Garry Buckley Midfielder 44'
9Aidan Keena 25 Forward 36'
14Karl O’Sullivan Forward
Kailin Barlow Midfielder
3Colm Horgan Defender
5Robbie McCourt Defender
11Seamas Keogh Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
17Adam McDonnell Midfielder
25Cillian Heaney 9 Forward
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
22Sam Curtis Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
18Ben McCormack 17 Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward 50'
15Billy King 14 Forward
9Eoin Doyle Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
11Jason McClelland Forward
14Mark Doyle 15 Forward
17Kyle Robinson 18 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward

Past Meetings

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

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers

(Series 34)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers

(Series 27)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 16)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers

(Series 9)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 11)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Sligo Rovers

(Series 2)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic


Robert Harvey


The Showgrounds
The Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers F.C., Magheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg, Sligo, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, F91 P523, Ireland

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