Date Time League Season
25 October 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Billy is King in Saints Win

Billy King’s first-half goal was the all-important difference for St. Patricks Athletic as they kept the champagne on the ice at Tallaght for just that little while longer.

The result has also put Dundalk right back into the relegation dog-fight, as the Lilywhites left Richmond Park empty-handed once again for the second time in three days. King’s goal was excellent in its execution but Dundalk had chances of their own that went begging at every frustrating turn.

Both sides had early chances to take the lead with Jamie Lennon’s curling effort going high over the bar and Daniel Kelly’s chip to David McMillan just evading the Dundalk strikers advances. Will Patching almost gave the Lilywhites the lead courtesy of a curling free-kick that Vitezslav Jaros had to be smart to tip it over the bar, from the resulting corner Sam Stanton had his effort cleared off the line after the ball fell to him kindly at the back post.

The Saints took the lead some sixty seconds after it looked as if they were certain to fall behind. Darragh Leahy’s diving header was excellently stopped by Jaros and from the resulting attacking play Billy King cut inside from the right and hit a fantastic left-footed effort that left Peter Cherrie rooted to his goal-line helpless to stop it.

After a sustained and continued pressure from the home side, it looked as if the Oriel Park outfit were back on level terms as Will Patching’s shot was in the back of the net virtue of a slight deflection, that touch was from Greg Sloggett who had strayed into an offside position saw the goal ruled out.

Both sides had early chances to add to the scoresheet in the second half as Robbie Benson looked to further compound misery on his former employers saw Andy Boyle put his body on the line to block the effort.

Dundalk's best chance of an equaliser came from a fantastic counterattack as Michael Duffy broke down the left and his low cross met Daniel Kelly but it was just behind the winger and his effort went over the bar.

Darragh Leahy had a chance at the death to steal a point for his side as Duffy once again the provider of the chance saw the defender unmarked right on the penalty spot but his header was weak with Jaros saving well.

This result tonight and in Dalymount Park now means this Friday's match between Dundalk and Waterford does not even come close to being regarded as a 'six-pointer'.

It's the next chapter of this seasons survival series in the Premier Division. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: Billy King’s first-half goal was the all-important difference for Saint Patricks Athletic that secured another vital three points but also kept the champagne was on the ice at Tallaght for just that little while longer. The result has also put Dundalk right back into the relegation dogfight as the Lilywhites left Richmond Park empty-handed once again for the second time in three days. King’s goal was excellent in its execution but Dundalk had chances of their own that went begging at every frustrating turn.

  • 90'

    Leahy has a chance at the end as Duffy's cross see the defender have yet another free header that is well saved.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes here.

  • 86'

    Ian Bermingham and Paddy Barrett come on to replace King and McClelland. 1-0

  • 77'

    Sami Ben Amar comes on as Dundalk's second change of the night as Daniel Kelly comes off.

  • 73'

    Not entirely sure why but Jaros has been booked, there are some very irate home fans here who can't believe the decision.

  • 70'

    The result if it stands here and in Dalymount Park will mean that this Friday coming match between Dundalk and Waterford couldn't even come close to being regarded as a six-pointer, it will be regarded as the survival series of this season.

  • 67'

    A double change for the home side as Melvin-Lambert and Burns replaces Benson and Nwoko.

  • 65'

    Both sides are pressing at every opportunity but to little avail, St Pat's are set to bring in some players.

  • 62'

    Just before the sub, Dundalk was so close again to equalising as Duffy's ball across the face of goal just evades Daniel Kelly.

  • 61'

    Patching gets booked for a foul.

  • 60'

    Sean Murray comes on for Sam Stanton, Murray will be a more pressing option in attack.

  • 58'

    Sean Murray is about to enter the game.

  • 57'

    Andy Boyle's diving headed clearance falls to King on the edge of the area and his first time shot was always rising but if on target it would have been certain to be 2-0 to the home side.

  • 54'

    A fantastic counterattack from Dundalk after they were under some pressure, Michael Duffy breaks down the left and his low cross meets Daniel Kelly and it's just behind him and his shot goes over the bar.

  • 53'

    For a tug on Will Patching's shirt, Lewis gets a yellow card, strange that Patching stopped his run when he had space to run into and play the advantage.

  • 49'

    Benson once again tries his luck from distance and once again it is blocked down and is eventually cleared.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: The game is back underway as Robbie Benson restarts the contest.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: A game of half-chances plenty but there is plenty to discuss, how Billy King was given so much room to move onto his left foot to open the scoring and the goal ruled for offside for Dundalk. Many feel that Greg Sloggett didn't interfere with the play and the goal should have stood. However, the Saints are good for their lead and have been the better team so far in this game. The writing could be on the wall for this one.

  • 40'

    Andy Boyle just had to make sure as Cherrie was caught out in no man's land going for a cross to clear off the line but Nwoko was ruled to be offside.

  • 35'

    It looked as if Dundalk were level as Patching's shot on the edge of the area took a deflection and it went in but it has been ruled out as Greg Sloggett had trialled offside.

  • 31'

    Another corner from St. Pats sees the ball fall to McClelland on the edge of the area but his effort goes wide and over.

  • 30'

    Dundalk at sixes and sevens since the goal and Jak Hickman goes close but his effort goes out for a corner, the corner sent in almost falls to Sam Bone to toe poke home but it goes wide.

  • 26'

    GOAL! And straight from that chance for Dundalk St. Patricks Athletic are in the lead, Billy King with acres of space just cuts inside and hits a fantastic left-footed effort that leaves Cherrie flat-footed!

  • 24'

    A pinpoint cross from Jurkovskis saw Darragh Leahy who was all the way up from the defence heads a low effort that forces excellent diving save from Jaros, that was the best chance of the night so far.

  • 21'

    The last few minutes have been a real midfield tussle here, both managers shouting instructions but Dundalk are enjoying the majority of the possession.

  • 16'

    Robbie Benson almost scores against his former employers as Hickman's cross fall to the midfielder and his volley is blocked down and wide by Andy Boyle.

  • 14'

    Sam Stanton from that corner looked to have slammed the ball home as the Dundalk midfielder stabbed home at the back post only for a player on the line to clear it. Two very good chances for the away side.

  • 13'

    Dundalk is almost ahead here as from a free-kick, Patching's free-kick is curling into the top corner only for Jaros to get a hand to it, corner Dundalk.

  • 11'

    Daniel Kelly breaks down the right and his clipped cross to the back post sees McMillan always chasing and the ball gets out in front of him and wide.

  • 9'

    A poor defensive clearance from Dundalk sees Jamie Lennon collect the ball on the edge of the area, he cuts onto his left foot but his effort curls over.

  • 6'

    The first sight on goal falls to the visitors as Michael Duffy gets behind the defence but his cross to McMillan is cut out by Jaros Jurkovskis.

  • 4'

    Teasing opening to this game tonight, a lot less frantic than last Friday. St. Pat's despite the array of changes look the more threatening and are making the early running.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: Dundalk gets us underway at Richmond, the game is underway!

  • Some good news on the Dundalk front, Brian Gartland is back running as part of his recovery from the ACL injury he suffered in April against Shamrock Rovers.

  • Robbie Benson is one of the six changes to the Pat’s side tonight. On this day eight years ago he scored a penalty away to Shelbourne to complete a career best run of scoring in 4 games in a row.

  • David McMillan is back in the Dundalk side tonight for his 225th game for the club and his 275th SSE Airtricity League appearance. He has twelve goals against Pat’s in his career including his first league goal for Dundalk in a 4-1 win at Richmond Park on April 4th 2014.

  • The conditions for tonight's match are perfect, crisp and cool but the pitch is in great condition and the crowd is a lot smaller than that on Friday nights 5,000 spectator sell out.

  • St. Patricks Athletic have made six changes to the side that beat Dundalk here on Friday.

  • Vinny Perth has made three changes to the side that lost the FAI Cup semi-final here on Friday with David McMillan, Raivis Jurkovskis and Daniel Kelly in for Hoban who is injured, Cleary who is suspended and Murray who goes to the bench.

  • Team news is in and we will be updating shortly from the home of the Saints.

  • Good Evening from Inchicore, Ciaran Callan here for tonights live coverage of St. Patricks Athletic and Dundalk FC. Déjà Vu for both sides who faced each other on Friday in the FAI Cup Semi Final.

St. Pat's Ath.

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper 73'
4Sam Bone Defender
5Lee Desmond Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
7Robbie Benson 17 Midfielder
9Kyrian Nwoko 19 Forward
11Jason McClelland 29 Forward
15Billy King 3 Forward 26'
16Alfie Lewis Midfielder 53'
20Shane Griffin Defender
22Jak Hickman Defender
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
3Cian Kelly (Pats) Defender
17Darragh Burns 7 Forward
19Nahum Melvin-Lambert 9 Forward
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
39James Abankwah Defender
3Ian Bermingham 15 Defender
29Paddy Barrett 11 Defender
34Anthony Murphy


14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
8Sam Stanton 16 Midfielder
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
13Raivis Jurkovskis Defender
15Darragh Leahy Defender
18Will Patching Midfielder 61'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 17 Midfielder
29David McMillan Forward
1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
12Cameron Yates Goalkeeper
6Sonni Nattestad Defender
16Sean Murray 8 Midfielder
17Sami Ben Amar 27 Forward
24Mayowa Animasahun Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo Forward

Past Meetings

(Semi Final)
3 - 1
Richmond Park

St. Patrick's Athletic v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 14)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 15)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Dundalk

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

Dundalk v St. Patrick's Athletic


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Graham KellyDermot Broughton
Wayne McDonnell
Neil Doyle


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

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