Date Time League Season
27 June 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Rovers hold out Pats to win Dublin derby

Shamrock Rovers produced a clinical display to overcome St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 at Richmond Park this evening, despite a late goal for the hosts.

Andy Lyons and Aaron Greene had put the visitors in cruise control until Eoin Doyle slotted away a penalty kick in additional time. The result rounds off a great weekend for the champions following Friday’s win against Bohs.

The hosts made just the one change after last Friday’s damaging draw in Ballyboffey. It was an enforced change as the injured Sam Curtis had to be replaced by Northern Ireland u21 player Jack Scott. The visitors made two changes from their derby day win over Bohemians on Friday. Sean Gannon and Chris McCann came in for Sean Kavanagh and Danny Mandriou.

It didn’t take long for the first chance of the game. Chris Forrester collected the ball on the edge of the Rovers box, he played a lovely ball into the feet of Billy King, but the attacking midfielder scuffed his effort, and the ball went over the bar.

Rovers grew into the game as the half wore on. Without creating any real clear-cut opportunities, Dylan Watts was providing some lovely crosses into the box that couldn’t force a goal. They went closest when Roberto Lopes flicked a Watts delivery towards goal. Anang spilled the ball, allowing it to dribble just past the post and out for a corner. It was almost a moment to forget for the goalkeeper as for a second it looked as if the ball was heading into the back of the net.

The Saints survived some Rovers dominance and created some more half chances of their own. Darragh Burns was operating effectively down the right-hand side and had the beating of Lee Grace. Eoin Doyle had an opportunity inside the Rovers box, although he seemed to lose his footing as he got his strike away, allowing Mannus to gather.

Rovers got their first when Greene and Gaffney linked up on the right-hand side. Gaffney set Greene before he looked for Gannon inside the box who mishit the ball, allowing Lyons to come in behind and rifle it into the roof of the net past Anang. This was after a good period for the Saints.

Pat’s responded well to the goal but failed to create any clear cut chances. They were made to pay as Rovers doubled their advantage 10 minutes later. Aaron Greene collected the ball on the left-hand side before nutmegging Jack Scott and taking it past Burns inside the box before striking the ball past Anang from the near post. It was all too easy for the Rovers striker as it was pretty dismal defending from the Saints.

Owolabi must’ve thought he had made an instant impact after he came on when he rounded Mannus but Lee Grace was on hand to clear the ball off the line. The striker then had a penalty shout waved away following a strong tackle from Rover substitute Barry Cotter.

Owolabi was at it again when he was brought down inside the penalty area in stoppage time. Eoin Doyle stepped up to send Mannus the wrong way and halve the deficit.

The result ended 2-1. St. Patrick’s Athletic move onto Drogheda at home on Friday, whereas Shamrock Rovers make the long trip up to Ballyboffey on Friday, when they visit Finn Harps.

  • Full-time 2-1 Shamrock Rovers.

  • 92'

    Owolabi is fouled inside the area and Eoin Doyle makes no mistake to send Mannus the wrong way.

  • 91'

    Penalty to Pat's.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of additional time.

  • 87'

    Barry Cotter is booked for Rovers

  • 84'

    Ferizaj replaces Watts for Rovers.

  • 84'

    Somehow Pat's don't half the deficit. A mix up at the back allows Owolabi to take it past Mannus before shooting. However, Grace is on hand to clear the ball of the line. Owolabi again has a penalty shout waved away following a strong tackle from Cotter.

  • 81'

    Tunde Owolabi replaces Burns for the Saints.

  • 80'

    Gary O'Neill is booked for a poor foul on McCormack. Ronan Finn is also booked for words exchanged with the referee.

  • 78'

    St. Patrick's make their first change as Mark Doyle is replaced by Ben McCormack. Rovers make further changes as Aaron Greene comes off for Graham Burke. Chris McCann is replaced by Barry Cotter.

  • 73'

    Rovers make their first few changes as Gannon is replaced by Finn and Gaffney replaced by Emakhu.

  • 70'

    Shamrock Rovers double their lead. Aaron Greene collects the ball down the left, before nutmegging Jack Scott and easily taking it past Burns before firing it past Anang from an acute angle. Very poor defending from the hosts. 2-0.

  • 65'

    Forrester has another attempt on his left but hits it over the bar. Perhaps took a touch too many and should have hit it on his right. Pat's have responded well since going behind. A lovely pass to Breslin in a dangerous area is mis-controlled from the left back and it goes out for a goal-kick.

  • 60'

    It's 1-0 to the visitors. Rovers work it down the right hand side. Gaffney sets Greene who looks for Lyons coming in at the back post. The ball falls to Lyons who does very well to rifle it past Anang into the roof of the net.

  • 59'

    A Rovers corner comes to nothing. A lovely pass from Watts in behind Scott to Lyons sees the fullback racing into the box, but the Pats right back does excellent to put in a last ditch tackle and win the ball. Burns collects the ball about 30-yards out and has a strike at goal that goes past the post.

  • 55'

    Forrester tests Mannus again, this time on his left, but Mannus gets down to save it. Rovers go down the other end and a Gannon delivery looks to be a tad too high and can't be met. Both sides have started well since the restart, with Pat's probably shading it.

  • 50'

    The second half gets underway. Greene wastes a chance to run at the Saints defence by allowing them to get men back before he eventually misplaces a pass. Another good cross from Burns onto the head of Eoin Doyle goes over the bar. Chris Forrester is next to have a pop at goal, but his 35-yard strike goes over the bar.

  • 45'

    The second half gets underway.

  • 45'

    Half-time 0-0.

  • 45'

    Some nice play down the left hand side from the visitors. Lyons lays it down the line to Greene who plays a ball across the face of goal, but Gaffney can't get on the end of it. A poor pass from Scott added with a poor touch from Redmond is nearly pounced on by Gaffney, but Redmond brings him down, stopping any momentum. He is booked for the tackle.

  • 40'

    O'Reilly does well again to press Watts and steal the ball, but the Rovers player wins it back, denying Mark Doyle a run at goal who was about to run onto it. Gannon is booked for persistent moaning to the referee, after a decision doesn't go his way. A good forward pass from Breslin to King allows the midfielder to turn on the ball and drive towards goal. He slips it to Eoin Doyle who seems to lose his footing as he shoots, and Mannus collects easily.

  • 35'

    Forrester goes down requiring treatment but is able to continue. On a lighter note, a St. Pat's fan giving a few verbals towards Sean Hoarse is laughed away by the defender. A brilliant cross from Burns this time, cannot be met by any Saints players.

  • 30'

    Another terrific ball in from Watts cannot be met by any on-comers and flashes across the face of goal. The referee is letting a lot of niggly fouls go.

  • 25'

    A better spell of possession for the Saints in Rovers territory. A good ball in from Burns can't be connected well enough with Eoin Doyle. Adam O'Reilly doing well to break up Rovers play on a number of occasions.

  • 20'

    Mark Doyle gives away a free in a good area for Rovers. Watts delivers but Breslin clears. Another delivery from Watts goes towards Lopes who does brilliantly to flick the ball towards goal, causing Anang to nearly have a moment to forget as he spills the ball, allowing it to go out for a corner when it could have been much worse. Rovers dominating play at the minute.

  • 15'

    A nice one-two between Watts and Lyons sees Lyons race down the left and cut it back to Gaffney inside the penalty area, who fails to control the ball in a promising area. Joe Redmond is given a stern warning following a foul on Lyons. Pat's looking to stretch the Rovers back three when they get it, by looking for Eoin Doyle over the top.

  • 10'

    A lovely reverse pass from Forrester into the feet of King who turns, scuffs his shot and it goes over the bar. A good chance for the Saints. Pat's get caught trying to play out from the back. Watts knicks it, however his shot is deflected out for a corner. The corner comes to nothing. Greene tests Anang with a strike from outside the area and Anang gathers it on his second attempt.

  • 5'

    The home side win a corner early on. Burns delivers but Redmond can't get any real contact on the ball and Mannus collects comfortably. Great attendance for a Monday night Dublin derby.

  • 1'

    Shamrock Rovers get us underway for this SSE Airtricity Premier Division fixture.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
19Anto Breslin Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender 43'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
14Mark Doyle 18 Forward
17Darragh Burns 45 Forward
15Billy King Forward
9Eoin Doyle Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
11Jason McClelland Forward
18Ben McCormack 14 Midfielder
24Ben Curtis Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
3Ian Bermingham Defender
17Kyle Robinson Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 17 Forward
20James Abankwah Defender

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
4Roberto Lopes Defender
2Sean Gannon 8 Defender 38'
5Lee Grace Defender
3Sean Hoare Defender
22Andy Lyons Defender 60'
7Dylan Watts 21 Midfielder
26Chris McCann 6 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
9Aaron Greene 10 Forward
20Rory Gaffney 38 Forward
38Aidomo Emakhu 20 Midfielder
11Sean Kavanagh Defender
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
8Ronan Finn 2 Midfielder
6Barry Cotter 26 Defender
10Graham Burke 9 Forward
33Carl Lennox Defender
21Justin Ferizaj 7 Midfielder
28Gideon Tetteh Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 10)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 4)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(President's Cup)
1 - 1
President's Cup
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Pat's Ath.

(Series 28)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 22)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 10)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 11
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St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 1)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 8)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers


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