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Date Time League Season
14 August 2022 5:00 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Pats move closer to securing European Football

Serge Atakayi was the difference as St Patrick’s Athletic picked up a valuable three points in their pursuit of European action next season, edging out a tight contest with Sligo at Richmond Park this evening.

It might have been fortuitous but Pats will leave happier, now four clear of Sligo in the table, a defensive mistake cost them, Pats holding on despite having ten men on the field with Mark Doyle sent off in the second half.

Sligo will be disappointed as they failed to hit their chances, with a man advantage they just failed to test the Pats defence and snatch something late on.

Both goalkeepers were tested early Will Fitzgerald forced new signing Danny Rodgers into making his first save for Pats, minutes later Serge Atakayi broke clear, but his effort was straight at Luke McNicholas.

It was a tight half as both teams had chances but neither could find a killer touch, possession-based with both defences doing well to clear danger before it developed into a goal.

After the half-hour mark Pats got their bit of luck in the tie, Eoin Doyle played in Atakayi to chase down the ball going into the Rovers area, Shane Blaney collided with McNicholas in the build-up, allowing Atakayi to roll home into an empty net.

Pats continued to press with Doyle and Anto Breslin coming close but neither could add to their lead, they held firm to take the lead to the break, deserved in the grand scheme of things luck on their side but they won't mind.

Sligo threatened early in the second half with Shane Blaney having a free kick from close range just over the bar, Sligo had looked strong at the end of the first half but could not come close, Blaney was the closest they came to date.

The Bit O Red worked their build-up play well as Robbie Burton linked up with Paddy Kirk, he played a lovely reverse pass to Niall Morahan he shot from range but Rodgers saved well to push it out.

A turning point came after 64 minutes, Mark Doyle was shown a straight red card for a dangerous high foot challenge on Paddy Kirk, no debate needed as his boot collided with the head of Kirk leaving him needing attention.

It looked like Sligo had struck back immediately after the red card, Nando Pijnaker heading across goal with Lewis Banks going close as his header fell just wide, Adam McDonnell tried his luck from range but his effort was saved, Banks tried to score from the follow-up but it went over.

Atakayi found himself on the end of another blunder by Sligo in the 76th minute, again he had the goal at his mercy but from a tight angle his effort went wide of McNicholas, huge let-off for the visitors as they had been all over Pats falling short in the goals department.

End to end stuff late on as Tunde Owolabi had a shot that failed to test McNicholas in the goal, while at the other end Rodgers worked hard on his debut as he made a smart stop to keep the game in Pats favour.

  • 90'

    Full Time as Pats hang on to record the 1-0 win, determination at the end to seal the three points

  • 90'

    Full Time as Pats hang on to record the 1-0 win, determination at the end to seal the three points

  • 90'

    Five added minuets here, Sligo still pressing

  • 82'

    McDonnell into the book for another rough tackle

  • 78'

    Fresh legs from Sligo as Kailin Barlow replaces Morohan

  • 69'

    Down to ten Pats make a change with Broadback going off for Jamie Lennon

  • 64'

    Double sub for Rovers, Greg Bolger and Karl O’ Sullivan are on for Burton and Liivak.

  • 64'

    Red Card for Mark Doyle for a high footed tackle to Paddy Kirk

  • 59'

    Harry Brockbank goes into the notebook

  • 51'

    Blaney fires over from a close range free kick early danger from Sligo

  • 46'

    Will Fitzgerald kicks off the second half in Inchicore

  • 45'

    Half Time in Inchicore, Pats remain ahead as Sligo have failed to test their resolve

  • 31'

    Goal for Pats as Atakayi scores, Doyle plays a ball in behind he chases down well as Shane Blaney collides with his keeper, giving the Pats man an open goal

  • 29'

    Paddy Kirk is booked for a rash tackle on Atakayi

  • 18'

    Chances at both end, the atmosphere suits the tie as neither is giving an inch both keepers tested

  • 5'

    Serge Atakayi breaks clear, but his effort is straight at Luke McNicholas

  • 1'

    Early chance for Fitzgerald as Rodgers makes his first save for Pats, to send it for a corner

  • 1'

    The hosts get us underway in the capital

  • Kick off just minutes away with what expects to be a great game in Inchicore

  • Sligo make one change from Thursday as Niall Morahan replaces Greg Bolger who is on the bench.

  • St Patrick's Athletic make changes, Danny Rogers starts with Serge Atakayi & Mark Doyle also coming in, Rodgers a new signing as Joseph Anang’s loan spell from West Ham United has come to an end.

  • St Patrick's Athletic are back in action in the league after a recent hiatus, Sligo just behind them as the race for Europe intensives, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will update on all the action from Richmond Park

St. Pat's Ath

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
2Barry Cotter Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
7Serge Atakayi 45 Forward 31'
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle 10 Forward
12Harry Brockbank 6 Defender 59'
14Mark Doyle Forward 64'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
19Anto Breslin Defender
36Sean Molloy Goalkeeper
6Jamie Lennon 12 Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan 9 Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
15Billy King Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
22Sam Curtis Defender
25Thijs Timmermans Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 7 Forward

Sligo Rovers

16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
4Shane Blaney Defender
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Niall Morahan 34 Midfielder
10Frank Liivak 6 Forward
17Adam McDonnell 25 Midfielder 82'
18Robbie Burton 14 Midfielder
19Paddy Kirk Defender 29'
27Max Mata Forward
28Nando Pijnaker Defender
30Richard Brush Goalkeeper
5Cameron Evans Defender
6Greg Bolger 10 Midfielder
12Mark Byrne (Sligo) Midfielder
14Karl O’Sullivan 18 Forward
25Cillian Heaney 17 Forward
34Kailin Barlow 8 Midfielder
41Eanna Clancy Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 15)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(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

Ground

Richmond Park
Emmet Road, Kilmainham C ED, Dublin, Dublin 8, Leinster, D08 VK72, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.