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Date Time League Season
2 September 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

St Pats continue European ambitions’  

St Patrick's Athletic defeated Finn Harps 2-1 at Richmond Park this evening to get within two points of that all-important third place in the LOI Premier Division.

Chris Forrester put the Saints ahead on 15 minutes before Anto Breslin doubled the home side's lead three minutes later to shock Harps.

Barry McNamee got one back for the visitors on 24 minutes and the Donegal side would push for another in the second-half.

Pat's were able to absorb Harps' pressure and had chances of their own late in the game, holding on for a 2-1 victory over the visitors who had a man sent off in the final ten minutes.

Despite Pat's European ambitions, Finn Harps were the better side for the opening stages of this fixture but failed to seriously threaten Pat's goal.

Harps had a Gary Boylan shot grasped by Saints 'keeper Danny Rodgers in their only effort on goal early on and would be stunned by two quick-fire goals from Pat's to see find themselves trailing before 20 minutes.

A well worked passing move from the home side saw Anto Breslin fire in a cross from the left for Chris Forrester to get on the end of and hit past James McKeown to see Pat's take the lead against the run of play.

The Saints would continue to attack and scored a second goal when Barry Cotter's defended cross bounced out to Anto Breslin in the Harps' area and he hit the back of the net for Pat's second goal in three minutes.

Ever the determined competitors, Harps responded on 24 minutes after Eric McWoods picked out skipper Barry McNamee in space in front of the Pat's goal and the Donegal man grabbed a goal back for the visitors.

The visitors had another chance moments later when the ball bounced dangerously in front of the Saints' goal but no attacker could hit it toward goal.

After that period, St Pat's would have the better of things in terms of possession without creating any huge scoring opportunities.

Serge Atakayi had the best chance for the home team with five minutes remaining in the half but his timid effort was easily gathered by McKeown.

Harps would push hard for an equaliser in the second-half, troubling Pat's from several set-piece deliveries.

Barry McNamee came close just after the hour mark when he got a toe to another McWoods cross from the right but Rodgers was there to gather.

Having absorbed early pressure from the visitors, Pat's searched for the decisive third goal though failed to beat McKeown in the Harps net.

A challenge on Adam O'Reilly on 83 minutes saw Harps defender Liam McGing sent-off and the home side pushed their advantage in the final stages of the game to see of their North-Western opponents.

  • 94'

    Full-time, Pat's defeat Harps by two goals to one

  • 94'

    Owalabi is played in but called offside

  • 92'

    Harps throw-in

  • 90'

    Four minutes added at Richmond Park

  • 86'

    McKeown makes a good save on Owolabi!

  • 83'

    Liam McGing sent off for an out of control challenge on Adam O\'Reilly

  • 80'

    McKeown saves twice to deny Lennon and then Mark Doyle at point-blank range

  • 78'

    McNamee with a good tackle to stop Owolabi's counter

  • 78'

    Forrester tries a long-range lob of McKeown but his effort is wide of the target

  • 77'

    Eric McWoods hits a shot straight at Rodgers

  • 73'

    N'Zeyi booked for Harps

  • 68'

    The home team applying pressure now

  • 66'

    Eoin Doyle's effort on goal is saved

  • 65'

    Mark Doyle replaces Atakayi for Pat's

  • 64'

    Long throw from Ethan Boyle incoming

  • 61'

    McNamee gets a toe to McWoods cross but Rodgers saves

  • 59'

    Boylan is booked for taking down O'Reilly

  • 58'

    Harps can't make contact with a Boylan corner

  • 56'

    Donelon's delivery is of a good quality but Harps called offside

  • 56'

    Gary Boylan wins Harps a free in a dangerous area

  • 54'

    Forrester has an attempt blocked, Lennon goes narrowly wide then

  • 53'

    No big chances for either team so far in this half

  • 48'

    The Saints have started strongly, winning a corner

  • 45'

    Second-half is underway in Dublin

  • 45'

    Half-Time. St Pat's 2-1 Finn Harps

  • 35'

    Pat's doing well to hold on to possession

  • 32'

    Atakayi's low shot is saved easily by McKeown

  • 29'

    Forrester free veers just left and wide

  • 28'

    Pat's getting forward in recent moments in search of a third goal

  • 22'

    Finn Harps create more danger in front of goal but fail to capitalise this time

  • 20'

    McNamee gets one back for Harps after Eric McWoods cross finds him unmarked in the Pat's area

  • 15'

    Barry Cotter's cross is defended but bounces out to Anto Breslin, who hits it high into the net to put his side two goals ahead

  • 12'

    1-0 to Pat's after Chris Forrester gets on the end of a well worked move from the home side!

  • 8'

    Jamie Lennon wins a free out for Pat's to relieve Harps' pressure

  • 5'

    The visitors have enjoyed a decent period in the last few minutes

  • 2'

    Ethan Boyle with a foul throw after Harps had moved into Saints territory

  • 1'

    Pat's on the attack right away

  • 1'

    The game is underway in Inchicore

  • Should be a competitive fixture at Richmond Park as both sides will feel they need points as the season edges toward its end for 2022

  • Barry McNamee captains Harps as Jamie Siaj makes his first start on the bench for the visitors

  • A strong Saints starting lineup includes winger Serge Atakayi

  • Live updates will be provided here throughout the game after 7.45pm

  • Welcome to our coverage of St Pat's clash with Finn Harps in the LOI Premier Division!

St. Pat's Ath

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
2Barry Cotter Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
7Serge Atakayi 14 Forward
8Chris Forrester Midfielder 15'
9Eoin Doyle 45 Forward
12Harry Brockbank Defender
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
19Anto Breslin Defender 18'
22Sam Curtis Defender
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
5Tom Grivosti Defender
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
14Mark Doyle 7 Forward
15Billy King Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
25Thijs Timmermans Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward

Finn Harps

25James McKeown Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon 10 Defender
7Gary Boylan Defender 59'
8Eric McWoods Forward
11Barry McNamee Midfielder 24'
15Jose Carrillo Defender
17Elie-Gael N’Zeyi Midfielder 73'
23Liam McGing Defender 83'
24Ethan Boyle Defender
33Filip Mihaljevic 32 Forward
56Dylan Duncan 18 Midfielder
99Gavin Mulreany Goalkeeper
4Rob Slevin Defender
10Mark Timlin 3 Midfielder
12Luke Rudden Forward
14Adam McCaffrey Midfielder
16Harry Nicolson Defender
18Robert Jones 56 Forward
30Damien Duffy Midfielder
32Jaime Siaj 33 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 21)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 12)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Round 5)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 35)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 25)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
4 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

(Series 7)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 16)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(1st Round)
1 - 0
FAI Cup
Finn Park

Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 7)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Finn Harps

Ground

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

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University