Date Time League Season
3 October 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Shels and Pats share points in eight goal thriller

A contender for game of the season between Shelbourne and St. Patrick’s Athletic ended 4-4 in a night filled with high octane drama.

The result leaves Shelbourne sitting comfortably in 7th, while for St. Pat’s it is a missed opportunity as they now sit four points behind Dundalk with the same number of games played, whom they meet on Friday.

It was the home side who started the much brighter and took the lead after 12-minutes when Sean Boyd calmly converted the ball into the near corner just inside the Saints area, following a defensive mistake from Harry Brockbank who failed to clear the initial angled ball over the top.

The visitors equalised eight minutes later out of almost nothing through a brilliant Barry Cotter effort. The wing-back controlled a Joe Redmond pass before facing Kameron Ledwidge up, cutting inside, and arrowing the ball into the far corner with his left foot.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to retake the lead when Matty Smith’s effort beat Danny Rogers at his near post from just outside the box after 27-minutes.

The next fifteen or so minutes saw yellow cards dished out to both sides for little niggles. The visitors thought they had equalised for a second time when Mark Doyle prodded home inside the Shels six-yard box, but referee Neil Doyle whistled for a push in the back.

As the hosts looked set to go in at half-time 2-1 up, a Saints corner whipped in led to a goal mouth scramble before the ball fell into the net through Sean Boyd as an own goal.

Shels retook the lead for a third time five minutes after the restart through a Sean Boyd penalty, after Harry Brockbank brought down Shane Farrell. It was initially Jason McClelland who failed to win a 50/50 on the left, allowing Shels to get in before the challenge eventually occurred.

It wasn’t long before Shelbourne grabbed their fourth through a lovely strike from JJ Lunney just inside the box, to make it 4-2. Minutes later, young fullback Sam Curtis did brilliantly down the left to win his side a penalty after he was brought down by Shane Farrell. Eoin Doyle stepped up and made no mistake sending Brendan Clarke the wrong way.

After a clash of words between Pat’s boss Tim Clancy and one of the Shelbourne assistant’s that resulted in the pair being sent off, the visitors won their second penalty of the game. Again, Eoin Doyle stepped up and sent Clarke the wrong way to complete the Saints comeback at 4-4, with ten to play.

The drama wasn’t finished there with Barry Cotter first having a 35-yard free kick cannon off the post, before a Matty Smith effort inside the Saints box that went inches wide right at the death.

To top of a fanatic affair, Jamie Lennon was sent off for the visitors following two yellow cards. Following the conclusion of the game, the Shelbourne assistant who was sent off managed to get a few more words in with Tim Clancy and Jon Daly, before being led away.

As mentioned, the Inchicore club move onto another massive game against Dundalk on Friday, while Shelbourne embark on another Dublin derby when they visit Shamrock Rovers on Sunday evening.

  • 90'

    Fulltime 4-4, what a game.

  • 90'

    Barry Cotter does remarkably well to get in the way of a Mark Coyle effort

  • 90'

    Jamie Lennon is sent off for a second yellow as if we needed more drama.

  • 90'

    Daniel Carr replaces Sean Boyd for Shels.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of additional time.

  • 87'

    JJ Lunney is replaced by Mark Coyle.

  • 85'

    Barry Cotter nearly pulls something out of the top drawer. The resulting free kick from 30-yards out cannons off the post. Shels go down the other end and Smith has a great effort that goes just wide.

  • 82'

    Gavin Molloy is booked for a cynical foul on Cotter following a great run from the fullback.

  • 80'

    Matty Smith nearly steers an effort goalwards but he just can't get the right connection on it.

  • 78'

    Eoin Doyle converts, what a game 4-4.

  • 77'

    Penalty to St. Pat's. Griffin with a foul on Eoin Doyle.

  • 75'

    Brockbank is next to be booked.

  • 70'

    Tim Clancy and one of the Shelbourne assistant's are sent off for verbals with one another.

  • 69'

    Sam Curtis is booked for a foul.

  • 69'

    Owolabi replaces Adam O'Reilly.

  • 68'

    Eoin Doyle converts. 4-3.

  • 67'

    Penalty to the visitors now. Sam Curtis is brought down by Farrell.

  • 65'

    Shelbourne grab a fourth through JJ Lunney who controls the ball just inside the Saints penalty box before curling the ball into the near corner. 4-2.

  • 60'

    Sean Boyd is proving a real handful up top for the Saints defence. The striker again does well to just get his body in the way of Redmond who brings him down. Farrell again takes and Cotter does well to steer it out for a corner.

  • 55'

    Eoin Doyle has a goal ruled out for offside for the visitors. Lennon looks to find Eoin Doyle at the back post but the cross is overhit.

  • 53'

    Jason McClelland is replaced by Serge Atakayi.

  • 51'

    Boyd converts to put Shels ahead for a third time. 3-2.

  • 50'

    Penalty to Shels. Brockbank brings down Farrell in the area.

  • 49'

    Lennon is booked for a foul on Lunney.

  • 45'

    Shels get us restarted here at Tolka.

  • 45'

    2-2 half-time.

  • 45'

    Sean Boyd is next to go into the referee's book for a foul on Lennon.

  • 45'

    Two minutes of additional time.

  • 45'

    St. pat's equalise for a second time right on half-time with what looked like a Sean Boyd own goal from a corner. 2-2.

  • 43'

    Lunney is booked for a foul on King.

  • 40'

    Molloy's effort from the subsequent free kick is struck straight at the wall. Shels retain the ball down the far corner of the Pat's half but it comes to nothing.

  • 38'

    O'Reilly is booked for a foul on Farrell 30-yards from the Pat's goal.

  • 35'

    Cotter does very well to keep a ball in play at the corner flag and nutmeg Ledwidge before winning a corner McClelland plays short to Lennon who floats a lovely cross to the back post but Shels clear well. A better spell of possession for the visitors is wasted by Lennon who passes the ball out of play. Mark Doyle has a goal ruled out for a foul on Luke Byrne. Another good delivery from Lennon for it.

  • 30'

    The ball falls lovely to Farrell just outside the area but he scuffs his strike wide. Farrell does well to collect a Ledwidge delivery to the back post but McClelland does well to win back possession. Matty Smith is booked for a challenge on Sam Curtis.

  • 26'

    2-1 to Shels and it is Matty Smith with an effort from outside the area that seemed to fly past Rogers inside the near post.

  • 25'

    Cotter again gets in down the right but Griffin is there to clear. Much better from the away side in the last five minutes, who are getting joy through Cotter down the right.

  • 22'

    The game restarts following a few flares from the away end thrown onto the pitch.

  • 21'

    1-1 here as the visitors equalise out of nothing. Barry Cotter cuts in from the right and his left footed effort angles itself into the far corner.

  • 20'

    Farrell looks to catch Rogers out with a free kick that he strikes to the near post but the keeper does well to push it out for a corner. The set piece is taking and Sean Boyd looks as if he is going to meet it in the air but the ball slices off his forehead and out for a throw-in on the opposite side. A ball over the top flicked on by Eoin Doyle falls to the feet of Mark Doyle who runs into the box but Negru does well to get in the way of the shot.

  • 15'

    St. Pat\'s haven\'t really found any rhythm with their passing since the game began. The hosts are constantly looking for the switch towards the left side of the Saints back line and playing off seconds which is where the goal came from.

  • 12'

    Shels take the lead and it is Sean Boyd who opens the scoring this evening. He sticks it past Rogers following a defensive mistake from Brockbank and McLelland. 1-0 Shelbourne.

  • 10'

    Lunney looks for Boyd with a ball over the top but it is overhit. Again, the home side win a free just inside the Saints half, but Farrell's cross is overhit and goes safely out for a goal kick. Pat's go down the other end and Cotter swings in a ball that is overhit for Eoin Doyle and Clarke gathers.

  • 5'

    Shels win an early free just inside the Saints half. Farrell delivers to the back post but the Saints clear. The away side haven't settled into the game yet with the home side dominating possession in the early stages.

  • 1'

    The away side get us underway this evening.


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2John Ross Wilson Defender
28Stephen Negru Defender
5Shane Griffin Defender
23Luke Byrne Defender
6JJ Lunney 8 Midfielder 65'
21Gavin Molloy Midfielder
32Kameron Ledwidge Defender
17Shane Farrell Forward
9Sean Boyd 14 Forward 12', 51'
15Matty Smith Forward 26'
40Scott Van Der Sluis Goalkeeper
8Mark Coyle 6 Midfielder
19Josh Giurgi Defender
33Gbemi Arubi Forward
14Daniel Carr 9 Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
4Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
36Lewis Temple Defender

St. Pat's Ath.

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
12Harry Brockbank Defender 75'
2Barry Cotter Defender 21'
22Sam Curtis Defender 69'
4Joe Redmond Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder 49'
16Adam O’Reilly 45 Midfielder 38'
11Jason McClelland 7 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward
15Billy King Forward
9Eoin Doyle Forward 68', 78'
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
7Serge Atakayi 11 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
24Ben Curtis Defender
25Thijs Timmermans Midfielder
29Paddy Barrett Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi 16 Forward


9. Sean Boyd 12' 
 21' 2. Barry Cotter
15. Matty Smith 26' 
15. Matty Smith 30' 
 38' 16. Adam O'Reilly
6. JJ Lunney 43' 
9. Sean Boyd 45' 
 49' 6. Jamie Lennon
9. Sean Boyd 51' 
 53'Jason McClelland
Serge Atakayi
6. JJ Lunney 65' 
 68' 9. Eoin Doyle
 69'Adam O'Reilly
Babatunde Owolabi
 69' 22. Sam Curtis
 75' 12. Harry Brockbank
 78' 9. Eoin Doyle
JJ Lunney
Mark Coyle
Sean Boyd
Daniel Carr

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shelbourne

(Round 1)
0 - 3
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 13)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shelbourne

(Series 4)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v St. Patrick's Athletic


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Neil DoyleBrian Fenlon
Rob Clarke
Ben Connolly


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

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