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7 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

O’Reilly the hero as Saints take the spoils

Adam O'Reilly turned matchwinner in stoppage-time as St. Patrick's Athletic snatched all three points at Casey's Field, stunning Dundalk with a much-needed 2-1 result tonight.

This encounter was billed as a definitive one for the visitors, given their European ambitions and how, with a tougher fixture schedule, achieving a top-three place wasn't in their hands.  

If they weren't already aware of the high stakes, Steven Bradley's early chance should've whipped them into shape.  

A minute after the referee's first whistle, he won possession in midfield, marauded through a few challenges and let fly with a low strike which skewed wide. The execution wasn't there, but the intention was.  

That shot set the tone for an end-to-end affair: one featuring penalty appeals, momentum changes, promising breakaways being repeatedly snuffed out, fierce fouls aplenty and more besides.  

O'Kane danced past Sam Curtis twice in the same move, twisting and turning his way into the box after 11 minutes. Crucially though, he got his angles all wrong that time - firing wide of the post.  

St. Pats had to defend well in numbers early on, but got their reward soon enough in the 20th minute through a thunderous strike.  

Barry Cotter's transition from defence-to-attack has confounded opposition defences, though Serge Atakayi should've been more composed after linking up with Eoin Doyle in the final third.

Chris Forrester, with time and space on the edge of the area, let fly into the far corner with aplomb - showing his teammate how it's done. Yet how the opportunity to score came about was alarming.

It feels typical given their recent poor form and his own pre-match comments, that former St. Pats centre-back Sam Bone's sloppy pass out of defence set the wheels in motion for the game's opener.

Anto Breslin pounced upon his unconvincing distribution, though Forrester still had plenty to do and it was a great strike worthy of its acclaim.  

Greg Sloggett had a half-volley cleared off the line by Doyle after a well-worked corner routine, before his 100th club appearance was sadly ended prematurely through injury.  

The affair became scrappy after his withdrawal, though the 26-year-old's replacement - Robbie Benson - set up Dundalk's equaliser in first-half stoppage-time just as fans were getting agitated.  

He teed up O'Kane, who weaved his way towards the box and unleashed a swerving low effort into the far corner.  

Finely poised at the break, St. Pats goalkeeper Danny Rogers was quickly called upon off his line to deny an overlapping O'Kane after the restart. The visitors produced sustained waves of pressure, probing as they searched to regain their slender advantage.  

They would've had it sooner, had Andy Boyle not made two last-ditch defensive interventions in three minutes. He denied Doyle in different scenarios as Dundalk found themselves pinned back, even with Joe Adams coming close with a curling effort narrowly wide down the other end.  

Changes aplenty came next, with two substitutes playing a pivotal role in a last-gasp winner. Moments beforehand, Sam Curtis timed his last-ditch interception perfectly to outmuscle Benson as he bore down on goal without committing a penalty.

Babatunde Owolabi and an overlapping Ben McCormack combined, with the latter's reverse pass feeding O'Reilly in the area. The ball evaded two backtracking defenders and he slotted home, sending the visiting fans into bedlam on the far side of the pitch with virtually the game's final kick.  

It was a crazy finish but one that felt inevitable given how the second-half unfolded. Now, just a point separates third and fourth with four league games remaining. Will St. Pats go on to build from this showing? Can Dundalk quickly banish it from their system and finish strong to secure Europe next season?

  • Thanks for joining me tonight, I've been Mosope Ominiyi and I hope you've enjoyed following along with my live commentary. There were seven other games across the top two divisions in action this evening, so be sure to stay tuned for reaction elsewhere as well as my full match report to come shortly. Until next time, goodnight!

  • O'Reilly the matchwinner, but Sam Curtis kickstarted the move with a vital piece of defending as Benson was baring down on goal. Just reiterates how quickly things can change from defence into attack - St. Pats closing the gap on third-placed Dundalk to just one point with four games left, so what twists are next in store for both sides?

  • 95'

    FT: Dundalk 1-2 St. Patrick's Athletic - A draw looked increasingly likely but St. Pats scored first and never stopped believing in their chances, as evidenced by their positive substitutions, en route to a much-needed victory here!

  • 94'

    O'Reilly applies the final touch as St. Pats advance in transition, Owolabi and McCormack combine before the latter's reverse pass feeds O'Reilly in the area - sending the visiting fans into bedlam on the far side! 2-1 with virtually the game's final kick!

  • 93'

    GOAL! ST PATS SNATCH IT AT THE DEATH!

  • 92'

    Sam Curtis makes a big last-ditch interception to outmuscle Robbie Benson! last throw of the dice now, as St. Pats go on the break in transition...

  • 91'

    Goalkeeper Nathan Sheppard charges off his line and makes an important swat, partially clear, as Cotter helps create another forward foray into the Dundalk box.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of stoppage-time to be played, as Sam Bone is booked for a tactical foul after Dundalk's corner is swiftly defended and they suddenly find the roles having reversed - now they're defending...

  • 89'

    Keith Ward's free-kick is headed clear but only for an outswinging corner-kick as we enter into stoppage-time...

  • 87'

    Adam O'Reilly is booked for what appears to be foul accumulation over the course of tonight's play, moments before the stadium announcer confirms Ryan O'Kane has been named this evening's Man of the Match.

  • 86'

    St. Pats' goalscorer Forrester next to come off in the final stages, as Ben McCormack replaces him - stationed in an attack-minded midfield position.

  • 83'

    An experienced pair of fresh legs incoming: David McMillan the latest change, this one for Dundalk as John Martin makes way.

  • 80'

    CHANCE! Fantastic ball is drilled into the area by goalscorer Forrester, it somehow misses everyone at the far post and Dundalk's blushes are spared! Redmond and Grivosti were lurking there, I'd have to see another replay.

  • 79'

    Leahy booked next, after extending his heel with Cotter advancing intently towards the box... dangerous St. Pats free-kick to come.

  • 75'

    Breslin's inswinging delivery is nicely weighted with Owolabi keen to latch onto it... but once again Boyle is on hand to avert the danger! Still 1-1, but that was another potentially big moment.

  • 74'

    Babatunde Owolabi next onto the pitch for St. Pats, replacing Eoin Doyle - whose best work tonight was his clearance off-the-line in the first-half. For a striker with high expectations on his shoulders, that says it all really.

  • 68'

    Dundalk's first change of the evening now: Joe Adams off, Keith Ward replacing him for the last 20 minutes plus stoppages here. I'm told that's a positive alteration, we'll see how much he can get involved here.

  • 66'

    More ticky-tack fouls and less action being created now by both sides, overly aggressive battling for possession. Midway through this second-half and it's still unclear how this one will end...

  • 63'

    St Patrick's Athletic making their first change of the evening now: Serge Atakayi off, Mark Doyle replacing him.

  • 56'

    Boyle again makes an important defensive interception, this time as Atakayi sees an unmarked Doyle lurking... the subsequent corner is cleared, but Dundalk are having to absorb waves of pressure now.

  • 52'

    Curled wide! Adams picks his spot and curls a well-struck effort goalwards, watching it flash narrowly wide of the far post. Moments prior, St. Pats threatened themselves and could've scored... had Eoin Doyle reacted quicker than Andy Boyle - whose last-ditch intervention killed the attack down the other end.

  • 47'

    Great anticipation off his line and it needed to be from St. Pats' goalkeeper Danny Rogers, sweeping up a dangerous loose ball as goalscorer Ryan O'Kane charged forward on the overlap giving chase.

  • 46'

    Second-half is underway now, it appears as though there are no changes by either side at the break. Still all to play for, but as it stands Dundalk's four-point gap on St Pats in fourth remains intact.

  • 47'

    HT: Dundalk 1-1 St Patrick's Athletic - Nine shots, two goals, momentum shifts and we're all square at half-time in this contest, unsurprising given how end-to-end this matchup has been so far.

  • 46'

    GOAL! O'KANE EQUALISES! Right on cue, minutes after I say Dundalk have been too slow in transition and yet to trouble Rogers, their winger unleashes a swerving effort into the far corner. 1-1!

  • 45'

    Two minutes of stoppage-time to be added on, at the end of this first-half.

  • 43'

    Sam Curtis tries his luck from distance, but the ball flies harmlessly wide and out for a Dundalk goal-kick.

  • 41'

    It's been scrappy since Sloggett's injury-enforced departure, multiple fouls not being given, another half-hearted penalty appeal is waved away and now Dundalk fans are voicing their displeasure. Too slow in transition and yet to truly trouble Rogers, who looked nervy with that aforementioned chance early.

  • 38'

    Forrester next to be carded, looks harsh on second viewing after a coming together seeing his opponent clutching his face in agony on the turf. Has essentially tricked the official into booking the goalscorer.

  • 31'

    Robbie Benson, who probably would've started if he was 100% fit, is now coming on to replace him.

  • 30'

    That chance proves Sloggett's final action of his 100th club appearance - one ending prematurely tonight - as he punches the turf in frustration after medical attention for a knock he clearly cannot continue with.

  • 28'

    OFF THE LINE! Sloggett hits goalwards on the half-volley, Eoin Doyle reacts quickest on the line and defiantly hoofs the ball clear after watching the first-time effort spill through Danny Rogers' fingers after Bradley's corner routine.

  • 23'

    Bone, who played for St. Pats in 2021, has just gifted his former teammates a slender lead to protect. Pre-match, the centre-back spoke about how it'd been a horrible two-to-three weeks for him personally, after being part of a side who conceded so frequently - and easily - during big matches. Then he's involved in such a big role here.

  • 21'

    Anto Breslin credited with the assist, having anticipated Sam Bone's sloppy pass out of defence and profiting moments later. 1-0 to St. Pats and this game needed a goal!

  • 20'

    GOAL! Seemingly without warning... Chris Forrester finds himself on the edge of the area, with time and space, letting one fly into the far corner!

  • 18'

    Cotter makes an interception and immediately looks to play the ball forward, Doyle spins down the flank - beating the offside trap - looking to set up Atakayi. Ultimately though, his flick-on trickles wide and out for a goal-kick.

  • 13'

    A promising start from the hosts, though a disappointing set-piece delivery is headed clear after a deflected snapshot trickles wide for a corner. For what it\'s worth, St Pats having to defend well in numbers thus far.

  • 10'

    Chance! O'Kane dances past Sam Curtis not once, but twice, as he twists and turns his way into the box after a defence-splitting pass. Crucially though, he doesn't get his angles right... firing powerfully but wide of the near post.

  • 6'

    Grivosti is first into the referee's book for a cynical foul on the far side, Dundalk subsequently fizz a dangerous cross into the area but said danger quickly quelled by grateful visitors' goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

  • 3'

    Appeals for a handball on Darragh Leahy are waved away by the referee, after Barry Cotter skillfully wriggles his way into the box and attempts a crossfield pass to the back post.

  • 1'

    Kick-off! Dundalk vs. St Patrick\'s Athletic is now live. Steven Bradley fashions the first chance for the hosts after retrieving possession in midfield, letting fly with a low strike from 20 yards out skewing wide of the far post.

  • Ten minutes until kick-off as the sun is setting, floodlights bleaming and my commentary duo pitchside calling this the definitive game of St. Pats' season here. All things considered, it's a must win for the visitors. The reason is because they have, on paper, a tougher finish to the campaign and a top-three place isn't in their hands either.

  • As for the visitors: Serge Atakayi and Adam O'Reilly will operate on opposite flanks, supporting Eoin Doyle in attack after his brace during their manic 4-4 draw at Shelbourne on Monday night. Can they cause similar havoc here?

  • Dundalk team news: Steven Bradley replaces Runar Hauge, while U19 talent Emmanuel Adegboyega is named on the substitutes' bench for the first time. Meanwhile, midfielder Greg Sloggett makes his 100th club appearance tonight.

  • If you fancy some pre-match reading as the team news filters through, check the article tab for my match preview. Some interesting player comments featuring in there too...

  • My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be taking you through the evening's action, in what promises to be a compelling clash given the high stakes on offer. With five games remaining, four points separate the pair before KO tonight - a Dundalk win will all but secure their UEFA Conference League qualification for the 2023 campaign.

  • Good evening everyone and welcome to tonight's live play-by-play commentary, as Dundalk entertain St Patrick's Athletic in a clash between two European hopefuls. Kick-off is just over half-an-hour away, at 7.45pm.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
5Alfie Lewis Midfielder
6Sam Bone Defender 90'
10Greg Sloggett 8 Midfielder
11John Martin 29 Forward
15Darragh Leahy Defender 79'
16Steven Bradley Forward
20Joe Adams 17 Midfielder
23John Mountney Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane Forward 45'
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
30Mark Byrne Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari Defender
Emmanuel Adegboyega Defender
18Robbie McCourt Defender
8Robbie Benson 10 Midfielder
17Keith Ward 20 Midfielder
22Runar Hauge Midfielder
29David McMillan 11 Forward

St. Pat's Ath

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
2Barry Cotter Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender 6'
19Anto Breslin Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
8Chris Forrester 18 Midfielder 20'
38'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder 93'
87'
25Thijs Timmermans Midfielder
7Serge Atakayi 14 Forward
9Eoin Doyle 45 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
12Harry Brockbank Defender
29Paddy Barrett Defender
18Ben McCormack 8 Midfielder
32Darius Lipsiuc Midfielder
11Jason McClelland Forward
14Mark Doyle 7 Forward
15Billy King Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 24)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Round 18)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 9)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 32)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Semi Final)
3 - 1
FAI Cup
Richmond Park

St. Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 23)
1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 14)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 5)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 15)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

(Series 6)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.