Date Time League Season
1 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Trio of goals helps Pat’s to win over Drogheda

St. Patrick’s Athletic got back to winning ways tonight with goals from Billy King, Eoin Doyle, and Mark Doyle rounding off a 3-0 win against Drogheda United.

It was a big result for the home side following a poor week with a last minute goal conceded last Friday night in Ballyboffey to draw 2-2 with Finn Harps and a 2-1 home defeat on Monday night to Shamrock Rovers.

St. Pat’s made just the one change with Darragh Burns coming out who is being heavily linked with MK Dons, for Ben McCormack. The Ireland u21 winger wasn’t in the matchday squad which could be a sign he has played his last game for the Inchicore club. The visitors made two changes from their draw against Sligo Rovers as Darragh Markey and Adam Foley came in for Dayle Rooney and James Clarke.

The game got off to a blistering start with the home side very much on the front foot. Mark Doyle was finding himself on the ball quite often and looking to drive at the Drogheda defence.

Adam Foley who looked lively for the away side in the opening exchanges done brilliantly to get his body in the way of a certain goal bound effort from Ben McCormack.

Pat’s threatened in spells in the first half with Billy King looking the most threatening for the home side and he got his reward when he got on the end of a Chris Forrester pull-back to fire the Saints ahead.

Drogheda improved in the second half and looked the more likely to equalise but they failed to create any clear cut chances. Evan Weir went the closest with a header. They were made to pay as substitute Tunde Owolabi did well to keep alive a ball over the top before coming inside and squaring it to teammate Eoin Doyle to tap home with three minutes to go.

It was another substitute Kyle Robinson who came on in added time and impressed. In his only few minutes, he picked up the ball on the right-hand side before perfectly finding Mark Doyle at the back post. The winger caught the ball sweetly and struck it back the way of Drogs goalkeeper Colin McCabe.

The game finished 3-0 and the Saints can now enjoy a week’s break as they aren’t due to play until July 15th when they host Dundalk. Drogheda are back in action next Friday night in a massive Louth derby when they entertain Dundalk as well.

The attendance tonight was 2,115.

  • 90'

    Fulltime 3-0 St. Patrick's Athletic.

  • 90'

    Colin McCabe is booked for a foul on Owolabi.

  • 90'

    3-0 St. Pat's. What an introduction for Robinson as he beautifully finds Mark Doyle at the back post who doesn't half do well to fire the ball back across into the far corner.

  • 90'

    Chris Forrester is replaced by Kyle Robinson for the Saints.

  • 87'

    The Saints double their advantage through Eoin Doyle. Owolabi does well to keep the ball alive from an over the top pass before coming inside and squaring it to his fellow striker for a simple tap in. 2-0 St. Pat's

  • 85'

    Anang parries away an Evan Weir header from a set piece. The majority of the game still been played in the Saints half. A lovely piece of trickery from King as he fires a shot over the bar. He is then replaced by Jason McClelland.

  • 76'

    Luke Heeney is replaced by Chris Lyons. An attacking change for the Drogs.

  • 75'

    A Redmond dink pass goes just too far ahead of Owolabi. The Saints then win a corner and squander a big chance. The delivery is flicked on by Redmond but Scott can't convert at the back post. Brennan is booked for a foul on O'Reilly. A penalty shout for the Drogs is waved away, before another delivery into the box is headed just wide.

  • 70'

    Both sides just looking to keep the ball at the minute. Pat's looking to make their first change as Owolabi replaces McCormack.

  • 65'

    More changes for Drogheda as James Clarke replaces Darragh Nugent. A lovely pass from McCormack to Breslin down the left again is well defender as the fullback looks for Forrester. Subs breaking up the play.

  • 61'

    Dayle Rooney replaces Adam Foley for Drogheda.

  • 60'

    Two consecutive corners for the away side don't come of any use. They're looking to turn to the screw. A poor error by Quinn at the back allows Billy King to have a strike at goal on the volley but he scuffs it wide. The away side readying up their first sub.

  • 55'

    A good spell of possession for the Drogs as they look to get a foothold in this second half. The visitors win a free-kick halfway inside the Pat's half but it comes to nothing. Rain pouring down here in Inchicore. All Drogheda the last 5 minutes.

  • 50'

    Pat's work the ball well from back to front. Eoin Doyle turns and shoots but Massey blocks, leading the ball to go out for a corner but it is cleared. A lovely McCormack sets Breslin away down the left but the fullback overhits his cross.

  • 45'

    The second half gets underway.

  • 45'

    Half-time 1-0 St. Pat's

  • 45'

    A good delivery by Drogheda is well headed out, but a ball back in by Heeney is put into a dangerous area causing Anang to collide with Redmond who requires treatment. Following that, Markey takes another corner and plays it short, eventually falling to Heeney who shoots but his shot is blocked. The Drogs find themselves in a great area but Deegan overhits his pass to Markey and it goes out of play.

  • 40'

    The Saints open the scoring and it has been there danger man all night Billy King. A looped ball to the back post is played back into a dangerous area by Forrester, and King is on hand to volley home. 1-0 St. Pat's.

  • 35'

    From defence to attack for the Saints as King takes it around McCabe but can't get a shot away so he sets O'Reilly on the edge of the area but McCabe gets back to save from the midfielder. O'Reilly is then booked for a foul on Williams.

  • 30'

    Good play by Markey who takes on Scott and beats him, only to win a corner. Markey delivers but Eoin Doyle heads out. Mark Doyle sends fullback Heeney to the shops before finding King at the edge of area, who turns and shoots but hits wide. Billy King runs down the line and fires it across to the oncoming Eoin Doyle who can only hit it straight at McCabe. It goes out for a corner where Breslin takes for the home side, but a routine kick is wasted.

  • 25'

    King looks for Mark Doyle at the back post but the winger heads wide. Redmond picks up the first booking of the game for the hosts for a foul on Nugent. The free-kick comes to nothing. A massive handball shout for Pat's is waved away by referee Ray Matthews, dubious to say the least.

  • 20'

    A lovely punch pass from Redmond into King sees the midfielder take it past two players before trying to slip Eoin Doyle in with a reverse pass but McCabe collects. Game beginning to settle finally.

  • 15'

    From attack to defence in a flash as Foley does remarkably well to get his body in the way of a goal bound effort from McCormack. Foley is heavily involved again as a counter for Drogs sees Williams look for his teammate but the cross is just too overhit for the winger. Game still hasn't settled.

  • 10'

    Eoin Doyle shoots high and wide from an acute angle. Adam Foley weaves inside and registers the first shot on target for the visitors. End to end game so far.

  • 5'

    Pat's look for a quick start as Mark Doyle gets past Luke Heeney but Foley gets back to give him a dig out and mop things up. Breslin looks for Mark Doyle down the line but Quinn gets across to cover however the ball is knocked off him for the first corner of the game. It comes to nothing. Forrester finds Eoin Doyle who runs down the channel and squares a lovely ball across the Drogs goal but there is no one there to tap home. Great start to the game.

  • 1'

    The away side get us underway.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender 22'
5Tom Grivosti Defender
19Anto Breslin Defender
8Chris Forrester 17 Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder 33'
18Ben McCormack 45 Midfielder
14Mark Doyle Forward 90'
15Billy King 11 Forward 40'
9Eoin Doyle Forward 87'
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
17Kyle Robinson 8 Forward
11Jason McClelland 15 Forward
30Ross Fay Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
3Ian Bermingham Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi 18 Forward
24Ben Curtis Defender
35Anthony Dodd Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
3Evan Weir Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
14Dane Massey Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
19Ryan Brennan Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 9 Midfielder
24Darragh Nugent 22 Midfielder
11Adam Foley 16 Forward
17Dean Williams Forward
12Aaron Davis Goalkeeper
16Dayle Rooney 11 Midfielder
18Charles Mutawe Defender
9Chris Lyons 21 Forward
5Keith Cowan Defender
22James Clarke 24 Midfielder
25Dylan Molloy Defender
26George Poynton Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
0 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 8)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

(Series 29)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 21)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

(Series 11)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

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

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United


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