Date Time League Season
2 July 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Loss to Bohs dents Pat’s title hopes

St Patrick’s Athletic endured a blow to their title hopes as they fell to a 3-2 defeat away to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Other results mean the former league leaders are displaced at the top of the table with Shamrock Rovers going top after their 3-1 win against Dundalk.

Bohemians are now just one place behind their opponents as they move up to fourth and St Patrick’s fall to third, behind Sligo Rovers on goal difference, who are in second with a game in hand.

The home side went in front at half time through the league’s top goal scorer Georgie Kelly who scored his 12th goal of the season.

Ross Tierney's shot was cleared off the line but the ball fell to the in-form Kelly who made no mistake in powering the rebound into the net to break the deadlock.

St Patrick’s equalised after Darragh Burns went through one on one and his shot cannoned off the post and hit the helpless Andy Lyons who deflected the ball into his own net.

But just as the Saints drew level, their momentum was squashed when they went down to 10 men.

Tiereney was brought down by a poor challenge from Lee Desmond who was rightly shown a second yellow card.

From the following free kick, things went from bad to worse for Stephen O’Donnell’s men as the set piece was wonderfully dispatched by a goal of the season contender from Tyreke Wilson, who placed the ball into the corner of the net.

Liam Burt then finished a brilliant counter attacking move to make it 3-1 and the game looked over when Ian Bermingham was shown a second yellow, to put his side down to nine men.

However, Darragh Burns late thunderbolt strike set up a nervy last few minutes, but Bohemians held on for a huge win.

  • 74'

    GOAL! Left back Tyreke Wilson scores an absolute wonder goal from the resulting free kick from 25 yards out, putting the ball into the top right corner, leaving Jaros with no chance. Goal of the season contender that is!

  • 72'

    Ross Tierney is brought down by a challenge by Lee Desmond and the defender is shown a second yellow card, much to the amusement of the home supporters.

  • 70'

    Billy King is replaced by Jason McCelland.

  • 68'

    Ross Tierney squanders a great chance after being picked out by a great ball in the penalty area but Tierney couldn't reach it and despite soft appeals for a penalty, the score remains level.

  • 67'

    The atmosphere inside Dalymount Park is building with both sides desperately trying to find a winner.

  • 54'

    GOAL! St Patrick's equalise as Burns goes through one on one after being picked out by a brilliant ball by Robbie Benson and his shot hits the post but the rebound finds Andy Lyons and the ball deflects off the defender and helplessly goes in to his own net.

  • 53'

    A foul in the box goes against Bohemians and St Patrick's can clear.

  • 52'

    Kelly looked to have been picked out from a cross but a sliding interception challenge by Paddy Barrett stops an almost certain goal and the ball is out for a corner.

  • 50'

    James Talbot fails to gather a shot straight at him which he juggles behind him but the ball narrowly avoids crossing the line. A let off for the Bohemian goalkeeper!

  • 49'

    Corner for St Patrick's is punched away well by Talbot and out for a throw in.

  • 46'

    We're back underway in the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time: Bohemian 1-0 St Patrick’s Athletic

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of one additional minute played at the end of the first half.

  • 45'

    Kelly has a shot that he scuffed and is easily collected by Jaros.

  • 43'

    GOAL! Ross Tierney’s shot is cleared off the line but Georgia Kelly scores his 12th goal of the season with the rebound with a powerful right footed finish to break the deadlock.

  • 40'

    Lee Desmond is yellow carded for a tough challenge on Georgie Kelly that didn’t look pretty.

  • 37'

    The corner is dealt with and the danger is clear.

  • 37'

    Corner for St Patrick's, chance for the visitors to utilise their big men.

  • 32'

    The corner is comfortably cleared and St Patrick's will be looking for some much needed respite.

  • 32'

    Corner for Bohemians as they continue to show good link up play down the flanks.

  • 27'

    Devoy has a shot from outside the box from the corner that sails well over the crossbar.

  • 26'

    Another corner for Bohemians as their pressure continues to build. One way traffic now!

  • 25'

    Georgie Kelly is played in one on one and has a shot on goal in the penalty box but his shot is straight at Jaros. The league's top scorer will be ruing that miss!

  • 24'

    Bohemians have their first corner of the game as a reward for their recent pressure.

  • 16'

    St Patrick's have dominated the opening stages but neither side have come close to breaking the deadlock.

  • 16'

    Shot from Matty Smith from distance is on target but is comfortably dealt with by James Talbot.

  • 9'

    The corner is headed away by Feeley and the danger is clear.

  • 8'

    The first corner of the game goes to the visitors, won by Benson.

  • 6'

    A scuffed shot by Burns is gathered safely by James Talbot.

  • 4'

    Cagey opening to proceedings with neither side yet to get going thus far.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • The teams are out of the tunnel and we are just moments away from kick off.

  • The conditions are perfect for football in Dublin, as the weather is currently 19 degrees Celsius, with just a 2% chance of rain, humidity levels of 67% and winds of nine mph.

  • Bohemians come into the game off the back of a 4-0 loss away to Sligo Rovers, which ended an impressive run of 13 points picked up from their last 15 available. The Gypsies possess the league’s top goal scorer Georgie Kelly, who has found the back of the net 11 times.

  • The league leaders have taken their foot off the gas recently, picking up just four wins in their last 10 games, allowing their title rivals to close the gap.

  • Stephen O’Donnell’s side are top on goals scored, with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers also on 35 points with a +13 goal difference. The narrowest of margins between the three teams means every game is a must win if Athletic are to give themselves the best chance of lifting the title, for the first time since 2013.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's League of Ireland Premier Division clash between Bohemians and St Patrick's Athletic.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender 54'
4Rory Feely Defender
6Ciaran Kelly Defender
19Tyreke Wilson Defender 74'
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
16Keith Buckley Midfielder
26Ross Tierney 14 Midfielder
8Ali Coote Midfielder
11Liam Burt Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly Forward 43'
3Anto Breslin Defender
5Rob Cornwall Defender
10Keith Ward Midfielder
14Conor Levingston 26 Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
20Promise Omochere Midfielder
21Bastien Hery Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper

St. Pat's Ath.

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
4Sam Bone Defender 14'
5Lee Desmond Defender 40'
29Paddy Barrett Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
7Robbie Benson Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward
15Billy King 11 Forward 8'
12Matty Smith Forward
Tommy Lonergan Midfielder
11Jason McClelland 15 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
27Danny Norris Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
James Abankwah Defender
Anthony Murphy


Past Meetings

(Series 12)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 18)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 9)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic


Dalymount Park
Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland

I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.