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Date Time League Season
23 May 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Owolabi hat-trick sinks Bohemians

It was the Tunde Owolabi show as St. Patrick’s Athletic beat Bohemians 3-0 at Richmond Park.

Two brilliant strikes finished off with a lovely penalty kick saw the striker score his first hat-trick for the club.

It didn’t take long for the first half to ignite. Both sets of players were flying into tackles looked right up for the derby.

The Saints opened their account after four minutes when Sam Curtis received the ball on the right-hand side and played a ball down the line to the onrushing Owolabi.

It looked to be a routine clearance from Ciarán Kelly however, a vital slip from him allowed Owolabi the unlucky chance to carry the ball into the Bohs penalty area. Instead of squaring it to Chris Forrester, he put the head down and fired the ball into the far corner past the helpless James Talbot.

After the early goal, the visitors began to grow into the game. It was Dawson Devoy who was heavily involved in all the good things that Bohs were doing, and the away side created numerous chances. Promise Omochere had a header from a corner that whisked past the post.

A strike from Devoy had to be pushed over the bar by Anang after a deflection. Anang was proving to be the Saints hero during the first half as he produced numerous saves to keep his side ahead. The pick of the bunch came from a Jordan Flores strike on the half hour mark that he pushed away.

The Saints should have made it two after that. A well-rehearsed freekick was delivered perfectly to the back post but Grivoti fired over from five yards out. However, the home side got their second right on half-time when Forrester reversed the ball to Owolabi on the left-hand side. He swivelled on the turn and struck it greatly into the far corner.

The Saints started the second half well but couldn’t create anything clearcut. The game was all but over when Sam Curtis who was brilliant all evening raced down the right before playing a one-two with Owolabi.

The fullback played it across to Eoin Doyle who after some lovely footwork was brought down by Kelly. Owolabi stepped up and made no mistake, finishing into the keepers bottom right for his hattrick.

Bohs failed to create anything after that, and Pats ran out comfortable winners. O’Reilly in particular in midfield was instrumental in the result, putting himself all over the pitch. It was a much needed and better performance from the home side after Friday’s defeat to Shels.

Bohs will need to regroup before they host Drogheda United at Dalymount this Friday. For the Saints it is a tricky journey away to Dundalk.

Tonight’s attendance was 3,473.

  • 90'

    Full-time 3-0 St. Pats

  • 90'

    Three minutes of stoppage time.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of stoppage time.

  • 81'

    Jason McLelland is replaced by Darragh Burns for Pats

  • 79'

    Omochere and Flores are replaced by McManus and Cassidy for Bohs

  • 79'

    O'Reilly is booked for a foul on Burt.

  • 76'

    A third change for the hosts as Eoin Doyle is replaced by Ben McCormack.

  • 75'

    Pats in cruise control since the third.

  • 70'

    A Flores freekick goes safely over the bar. A double change for the hosts as Forrester is replaced by Mark Doyle and hattrick hero Owolabi is replaced by Kyle Robinsons

  • 66'

    Owolabi makes no mistake and completes his hattrick, striking the ball into the keepers right hand corner. Great penalty. 3-0 St. Pats.

  • 66'

    Penalty to the Saints. Kelly brings down Doyle following some lovely footwork from the striker in the box.

  • 65'

    A second change for Bohs as captain Levingston is replaced by Jamie Mullens. Max Murphy is booked for a cynical tackle on Forrester.

  • 60'

    Again, Redmond does well to get in the way of a Burt attempt that looked to be heading goal bound. A 2 v 1 in Pat's favour as Owolabi looks to go by himself but, Doherty does well to get a foot in and prevent a strike.

  • 55'

    The Saints work it into the Bohs penalty area but Owlabi's strike is well blocked. A good run and delivery from Bermingham is eventually cleared by the Bohs defence. Grivosti does well to marshall Uzokwe from getting a header at goal.

  • 50'

    A corner for the visitors after some good possession comes to nothing. Bohs looking to move the ball quickly.

  • 45'

    Just the one change and it is for the visitors. Ali Coote has been replaced by Liam Burt.

  • 45'

    Half-time 2-0.

  • 45'

    2-0 to the Saints right on half-time and it is that man Owolabi again. They have the ball on the ball on the left hand side near the corner. Forrester reverses it back to Owolabi who swivels, sets him, and fires it into the far corner. A brilliant strike.

  • 45'

    Even last five minutes with the game end to end. Redmond does well to get in the way of a lovely Devoy pass before Uzokwe can shoot. Three minutes of additional time.

  • 40'

    Two massive opportunities for the Saints. Firstly, a great run and cross by Curtis can't be met by the oncoming Doyle. Pats recycle possession and McLelland beautifully finds Breslin who fizzes a ball across but, Owolabi doesn't connect well enough with the ball.

  • 35'

    A pin-ball in the Saints area ends in Devoy heading straight at Anang. Ali Coote is the first to be booked for tugging Breslin to the floor.

  • 30'

    All Bohs and it seems to be only a matter of time before they equalise. Another attempt cannons off the Saints crossbar before Anang does well to save two strikes in successive concession. A Pats free-kick is struck by McLelland to the back post to Doyle which is obviously something they have worked on in training but he shoots over from 5 yards out. Should be 2-0

  • 25'

    A slack pass from Anang to O'Reilly is pinched by Bohs, the ball drops to Devoy who brings it onto his left but, his strike is deflected and has to be pushed over the bar by Anang for a corner. The resulting corner comes to nothing. Some lovely build up play from Bohs sees Devoy reverse a pass to Flores who looks to curl it into the far corner but, Anang saves very well however, it turns out to be offside.

  • 20'

    Bohs have responded well since the goal and are on top. Attacking midfielder Dawson Devoy is starting to become heavily involved in everything Bohs do. A great cross from the right hand side by Murphy is pushed out for a corner by Anang.

  • 15'

    A strike from Coote outside the edge of the area is collected on the second occasion by Anang. Another chance for the visitors. A corner is swung in and well met by Omochere whose headers creeps just past the post.

  • 10'

    A high octane opening ten minutes. Tackles are flying and the players are putting themselves about. A much, much better start for the home side than Friday.

  • 4'

    Goal for the home side. A ball down the line from full-back Curtis is mis-judged by Kelly as he slips, allowing Owolabi to run in and fire the ball into the far corner. Great finish. 1-0 St. Pat's.

  • 3'

    Lively start from both teams.

  • 1'

    The visitors get us underway shooting from left to right in the first-half.

  • Good evening and welcome to Richomond Park for St. Patrick's Athletic v Bohs. Three changes for the hosts as Burns, King, and McCormack drop out for Bermingham, McLelland, and Owolabi. Just the two changes for the visitors sees Twardek and Packham come out for Coote and Levingston.

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
19Anto Breslin Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
8Chris Forrester 14 Midfielder
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
11Jason McClelland 17 Forward
9Eoin Doyle 18 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 17 Forward 4', 45', 67'
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
14Mark Doyle 8 Forward
15Billy King Forward
17Darragh Burns 11 Forward
17Kyle Robinson 45 Forward
18Ben McCormack 9 Midfielder
2Jack Scott Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
24Ben Curtis Defender

Bohemians

1James Talbot Goalkeeper
3Tyreke Wilson Defender
5Ciaran Kelly Defender
6Jordan Doherty Midfielder
21Jordan Flores 28 Midfielder
8Ali Coote 11 Midfielder 35'
12Max Murphy Midfielder 63'
14Conor Levingston 22 Midfielder
9Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
10Dawson Devoy Midfielder
20Promise Omochere 17 Forward
25Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
4Rory Feely Defender
17Ryan Cassidy 20
11Liam Burt 8 Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
19Sam Packham Defender
22Jamie Mullins 14 Midfielder
27Cian Byrne Defender
28James McManus 21 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 3)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Final)
1 - 1
FAI Cup
Aviva Stadium

Bohemians v St. Pat's Ath.

(Series 30)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 19)
3 - 2
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 12)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 18)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 9)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

Officials

RefereeAssistants
Neil DoyleBrian Fenlon
Darragh Keegan

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.