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Date Time League Season
19 August 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

St Patrick’s Athletic take three points from UCD

St. Patrick’s Athletic overcome UCD 2-1 at the Bowl thanks to Thijs Timmermans and Serge Atakayi.

The Saints had to work hard for the three points who were tested thoroughly in the second half, especially by the college.

St. Pat’s came flying out of the traps and took the lead inside seven minutes when Thijs Timmermans stabbed home from a corner inside the six-yard area. It was a delivery to the back post from Chris Forrester that was well met by Joe Redmond who headed it back across goal and off the far post before Timmermans was on hand.

The Saints could’ve took the lead moments beforehand when a well-worked corner routine fell to Ronan Coughlan at the penalty spot, but his strike was deflected over the bar. Pat’s dominated most of the ball but lacked that decisive ball to unlock the UCD defence further.

The hosts grew into the game more as the half wore on and it was Thomas Lonergan who found himself in some great positions for UCD, however his three strikes at goal all whisked past the post. It was the visitors however who should’ve made it two when the ball broke to Harry Brockbank inside the UCD area although his effort cannoned off the crossbar and UCD cleared.

The Inchicore club started the second half just how they started first. Serge Atakayi pounced on a defensive error at the UCD back and took it past Moore before passing home into an empty net. When UCD seemed to really be struggling to regain any control, Dylan Dufy stepped up to halve the deficit when his effort flew into the far corner.

UCD began to grow in confidence and play within the St. Pat’s half, and substitute John Ryan had a good opportunity following a good run that was scuffed wide of the post. The Saints should’ve added a third when substitute Eoin Doyle played through Atakayi but the summer signing couldn’t add his second when Moore came out and saved well.

UCD failed to really create anything clear cut and if it wasn’t for wasteful chances squandered by the visitors. Cotter, Redmond and Atakayi all went close in the closing stages but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Pat’s held out for another big win and they move onto another Dublin derby Monday week when they travel to Dalymount to face Bohemians. UCD are in FAI Cup action when they travel to Galway next Friday night in the second round.

The attendance was 1,023.

  • 90'

    full-time 2-1 St. Patrick's Athletic.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of additional time.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of additional time.

  • 90'

    Cotter nearly makes it three for the Saints following some lovely footwork inside the UCD area. King takes a corner which lands perfectly on Redmond's head and his effort strikes the post and is eventually put behind for another corner. King takes again but UCD clear.

  • 85'

    Billy King replaces Chris Forrester for Pat's.

  • 85'

    Dylan Duffy cuts in from the right but shoots wide. Atakayi is next to try his luck but his left footed effort goes wide.

  • 79'

    Danny Norris replaces Alex Dunne for UCD.

  • 75'

    Atakayi squanders a massive chance after a nice through ball from Doyle but Moore does well to make himself big.

  • 71'

    Adam O'Reilly replaces goalscorer Timmermans

  • 70'

    Duffy nearly picks out Lonergan at the back post with a lovely cross but Brockbank does well to head away. Game beginning to become very stretched. Cotter picks out Doyle from the right hand side but the striker heads just wide. Ryan looks for a free off Redmond but the referee waves play on and the winger is told to get up.

  • 65'

    Substitute John Ryan has an effort after a good run that goes wide. Better from the hosts who have grown in belief since the goal.

  • 60'

    Dylan Duffy pulls one back for UCD. Grivosti is booked for a foul and the resulting set-piece is steered home by the young winger. 2-1.

  • 57'

    Pat's make their first change as Eoin Doyle replaces Ronan Coughlan.

  • 55'

    Pat's dominating possession since the goal. UCD struggling to regain a foothold.

  • 51'

    2-0 to the visitors and it is that man Serge Atakayi who taps home following a mix up at the UCD defence.

  • 50'

    A few niggly fouls since the restart. Both sides just driving to discover their passing rhythm again. Dylan Duffy cuts in off the left and has a strike that is helped on by Lonergan but he can't steer it goal-bound.

  • 46'

    Forrester gets the second half restarted.

  • 45'

    Half-time 0-1 St. Patrick's Athletic.

  • 45'

    Right on half-time Duffy has a brilliant effort on his right that goes inches past the far post. That had Rogers scrambling.

  • 45'

    Forrester looks to find Coughlan inside the UCD area but his touch is a bit too heavy and UCD clear. Brennan again nearly finds himself in a great position but the break of the ball doesn't fall his way and Rogers collects. Pat's find themselves in a good position but Coughlan can't find Forrester. Following some nice play from Duffy, Lonergan for a third time finds himself at the edge of the area but he drags his shot wide.

  • 40'

    Somehow Pat's don't make it two from the resulting set piece. The ball lands to Brockbank who strikes the bar from the penalty spot. UCD go down the other end and Lonergan has another good effort that whistles past the post. Forrester finds himself in a good position down the left but slips at the vital moment. A Dunne cross swerves in the air and Brennan attempts an acrobatic effort from just inside the 'D', but it goes wide.

  • 35'

    A great ball across the Pat's area cannot be met by a UCD player. A corner for the hosts forces a strong quick-reaction save from Rogers. A better spell for the hosts. Dunne is given a warning for a foul on Atakayi.

  • 30'

    Another dangerous corner by the visitors is just cleared. Lonergan has an effort from range for the hosts but it trickles wide. Pat's just trying to find that clinical pass to set an attacker away.

  • 25'

    Lennon picks out another lovely ball this time finding Breslin on the left who controls well and plays a ball across the face of goal, but no Saints players are there to tap home. Some slack play in the Saints midfield sees Duffy deliver a cross in but Redmond clears. Pat's win another corner but UCD clear.

  • 20'

    A UCD free-kick cannot be met by any on-comers. Pat's moving the ball from left to right, looking to create any potential gaps in the UCD backline. Lennon finds Cotter on the right with a nice pass but the on loan Rovers man loses concentration and fails to control.

  • 15'

    Timmermans does well to stop a pass falling to Brennan inside the Saints box. UCD win their first corner and again Timmermans does well and heads away at the back post. Atakayi drives with the ball but his pass to Forrester is a tad overhit and Pat's eventually lose the ball in a good area for them.

  • 10'

    Prior to the goal, Pat's first corner of the game nearly worked a trear straight of the training ground, but Coughlan's shot was deflected out for another corner. The Saints looking to dominate possession now.

  • 7'

    1-0 to the visitors inside the opening 10 minutes. A forrester corner to the back post is headed back across goal by Redmond where it hits off the post and lands at Timmermans who stabs home.

  • 5'

    Donal Higgins goes down with a knock needing treatment following a collision with Cotter. UCD knock it about inside the Saints half but eventually a through ball over the top is overhit and goes out for a goal-kick.

  • 1'

    UCD get us underway at the Bowl, shooting from left to right in this first half. Lovely evening for a game.

UCD AFC

16Kian Moore Goalkeeper
22Sam Todd Defender
2Michael Gallagher Defender
15Alex Dunne 25 Defender
18Donal Higgins 26 Midfielder
3Evan Osam Defender
21Sean Brennan Midfielder
11Dylan Duffy Midfielder 61'
27Tommy Lonergan Midfielder
9Evan Caffrey Forward
8Mark Dignam 30 Defender
1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
4Jamie Duggan Defender
7Harry O’Connor Midfielder
10John Haist Forward
25Daniel Norris 15 Forward
26John Ryan 18 Midfielder
26Matthew Scott Midfielder
30Alex Nolan 8 Midfielder

St. Pat's Ath

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
12Harry Brockbank Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender 60'
2Barry Cotter Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
7Serge Atakayi Forward 51'
8Chris Forrester 15 Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan 9 Forward
19Anto Breslin Defender
25Thijs Timmermans 16 Midfielder 7'
11Jason McClelland Forward
15Billy King 8 Forward
16Adam O’Reilly 25 Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle 10 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
22Sam Curtis Defender
29Paddy Barrett Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward
36Darragh Mooney Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Round 20)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v UCD AFC

(Round 11)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 6)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v UCD AFC

5 - 4
eLOI Group C
Online Event

UCD AFC v St. Patrick's Athletic

Ground

UCD Bowl
UCD Bowl, Greenfield Park, Greenfield, Roebuck, Clonskeagh-Belfield ED, Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 XT65, Ireland

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