|3 April 2021
|LOI Men's Premier Division
St. Patrick’s long run without a win against Bohemians has come to an end this evening with a 1-0 victory at Dalymount Park. Phibsboro hasn't been a happy stomping ground for the Saints in recent years but a Ronan Coughlan header was enough to send Pat's to a share of the table top in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.
The Inchicore side are enjoying a fantastic start to a season with seven points accumulated in the opening three rounds. The Saints also consigned today's opponents to their worst start of the season for the past nine years. Bohemians were stunned by Ronan Coughlan's set piece goal and didn’t have the ability to break down the well marshalled game plan of O'Donnell's squad.
The attacking style we're used to from Keith Long's men was evident in the opening stages but Pat's centre half Sam Bone was equal to everything thrown at him. The Gypsies were the better side through the first quarter of an hour of the game.
Matty Smith’s found himself one on one with James Talbot after a ball over the defense while a terrible mistake at the back almost cost Bohemians a goal but Robbie Benson wasn't able to take advantage.
As both teams were having their spells the game became a battlefield with high levels of intensity as the players battled for every loose ball. The best chance to take the lead belonged to Bohs as the ball ended up in the back of the net, but the referee saw a foul inside St. Patrick's box.
The break came without any score and both coaches happy enough with their defensive performances but hoping for better chances to score in the second period.
Both sides brought greater attacking dominance from the changing rooms with but Jaros and Talbot were in fine form. Ronan Coughlan looked for Matty Smith with a lovely through ball cleared away, as Ross Tierney had the same idea on the other side of the ground but with the same result.
The game-changer came just after the hour mark. A wonderful corner by Robbie Benson was met by Coughlan heading it past Talbot to put St. Pat’s ahead. The home side did lift their performance but were unable to pick apart the Pat's well drilled defence.
The need for fighting at the back made Stephen O’Donnell introduce Paddy Barrett replacing Darragh Burns as Keith Long tried to rearrange his attacking options replacing Devoy and Buckley with Ward and Oluwa respectively.
The subs didn’t create the opportunities required and it was Pat’s coming close to make the second two minutes from time as Robbie Benson found a precious space inside the box with a tremendous play, but saw his move getting lost as he tried to find his teammate.
The final whistle confirmed the end of their dry spell against Bohemians as St. Patrick’s join Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers at the top of the table.
|Dalymount Park, Connaught Street, Phibsborough, Cabra East A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D07 XH2D, Ireland