Date Time League Season
28 November 2021 4:00 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Pat’s claim 4th FAI Cup title after penos win

Robbie Benson’s penultimate spot kick sealed the FAI Cup for St. Patrick’s Athletic over Bohemians at the Aviva Stadium.

Extra time strikes from Chris Forrester and Rory Feely sent the game to penalties after the sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes. It’s a fourth FAI Cup win for Stephen O’Donnell’s side and a first since 2014.

It was a tight first half with few clear-cut chances for either side.

Liam Burt looked dangerous coming in off the left flank during the first 45 minutes for the Dalymount Park outfit and it was Burt involved in creating Bohemians first chance.

The wide man played a through ball into the path of Ross Tierney, but the Irish U21 international couldn’t direct his effort on target.

James Talbot was forced into action after the half hour mark when Jamie Lennon linked up with Robbie Benson just outside the Bohs’ box.

Lennon’s shot was saved excellently by Talbot to keep the scores level.

Chris Forrester caused Keith Long’s side some trouble during the first period with the former Peterborough skipper drifting between the Bohs’ defence and midfield.

Bohemians almost took the lead midway through the second half when Liam Burt’s ball found Ali Coote inside the area but his shot was blocked.

The breaking ball fell to Georgie Kelly but his strike was saved by Jaros. Pat’s best chance of the half fell to Darragh Burns whose initial shot was blocked by Wilson before his follow up effort was saved by James Talbot.

Neither side were able to make the breakthrough inside the first 90 minutes and the game went into Extra Time.

With players from both sides beginning to show fatigue, it was a piece of magic from Chris Forrester which opened the scoring.

The PFAI Player of the Year nominee went on a fantastic solo run from the halfway line shrugging off challenges from Omochere and Buckley before hitting a perfectly placed effort into the bottom corner past James Talbot.

Just minutes after the start of the second period of extra time, Bohs’ substitutes Keith Ward and Rory Feely combined for the equaliser. Ward’s in swinging delivery found Rory Feely who headed home powerfully to level the scores.

Keith Long’s side almost went ahead when Ross Tierney went on a solo run of his own but was denied by the on rushing Vitezlav Jaros to keep the scores at 1-1.

In the dying moments of the game, Feely almost bagged his second but Lee Desmond’s goal line clearance denied the Bohs defender and sent the game to penalties to decide the FAI Cup final.

Both sides started the shootout with some emphatic, well placed penalties. Dawson Devoy, Conor Levingston and Stephen Mallon all scored for Bohs before Keith Ward and Tyreke Wilson missed the target.

Robbie Benson stood up for Pats and fired home to send the FAI Cup back to Inchicore.


1James Talbot Goalkeeper
2Andy Lyons Defender
5Rob Cornwall Defender
6Ciaran Kelly 4 Defender
8Ali Coote 7 Midfielder
11Liam Burt 10 Midfielder
12Georgie Kelly 20 Forward
16Keith Buckley 14 Midfielder 90'
19Tyreke Wilson Defender
26Ross Tierney Midfielder
28Dawson Devoy Midfielder
3Anto Breslin Defender
4Rory Feely 6 Defender 107'
7Stephen Mallon 8 Midfielder
10Keith Ward 11 Midfielder
14Conor Levingston 16 Midfielder
18James Finnerty Defender
20Promise Omochere 12 Midfielder
22Jamie Mullins Midfielder
25Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper

St. Pat's Ath

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
4Sam Bone 22 Defender
5Lee Desmond Defender 100'
6Jamie Lennon 15 Midfielder
7Robbie Benson Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder 105'
12Matty Smith Forward
16Alfie Lewis 10 Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward 37'
29Paddy Barrett 39 Defender
39James Abankwah 29 Defender
22Jak Hickman 4 Defender
9Kyrian Nwoko Forward
10Ronan Coughlan 16 Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
15Billy King 6 Forward
19Nahum Melvin-Lambert Forward
20Shane Griffin Defender
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
  • Robbie Benson has won it for Pats. St. Pats are FAI Cup Final champions.

  • Ward hits the crossbar and misses.

  • Great penalty. 3-3 and we're all square.

  • Wilson hits it wide of the target. Poor penalty.

  • Forrester's penalty is saved by Talbot. Advantage Bohs.

  • Stephen Mallon scores. 3-2 Bohs.

  • King scores in emphatic fashion. 2-2.

  • Levingston squeezes it past Jaros. 2-1 Bohs.

  • Great penalty. 1-1.

  • Ronan Coughlan is up next.

  • Devoy sends Jaros the wrong way. 1-0 Bohs.

  • Dawson Devoy is up first for Bohs.

  • Both sides will be shooting into the Pat's end.

  • 120'

    And we're heading to a penalty shootout to decide the FAI Cup Final.

  • 119'

    Somehow Pats keep it out, Feely and Cornwall both have efforts cleared off the line.

  • 118'

    Jaros with an outstanding save to deny Tierney yet again. Mallon's ball is inch perfect for Tierney but Jaros is equal to it.

  • 118'

    Two minutes of Extra Time remaining.

  • 115'

    Ross Tierney with a fantastic run through the Pats defence but Jaros saves.

  • 107'

    Rory Feely has equalised for Bohs. Brilliant header from the substitute.

  • 106'

    Back underway for the second period of Extra Time.

  • 105'

    Chris Forrester with an unbelievable solo goal to put Pats ahead. Amazing goal.

  • 104'

    Billy King with a great chipped ball into Coughlan but Talbot makes a great save to deny the substitute.

  • 103'

    Keith Ward is coming on for Liam Burt.

  • 100'

    Buckley with a lovely lay off into the path of Omochere but Jaros saves.

  • 97'

    Coughlan replaces Lewis.

  • 93'

    Brilliant challenge from Desmond to stop Tierney and Burt inside the Pats box.

  • 91'

    We're underway for the first half of extra time.

  • 90'

    We're heading to Extra Time at the Aviva with the scores at 0-0 after 90 minutes.

  • 90'

    Buckley is booked.

  • 90'

    Six minutes of additional time left.

  • 86'

    Mallon almost with the perfect impact. He breaks down the left wing and delivers a great ball into the box but Omochere can't quite reach it.

  • 85'

    Mallon replaces Ali Coote.

  • 84'

    Ali Coote's corner finds Feely who has a free header but the substitute can't put his effort on target.

  • 82'

    17 year old James Abankwah replaces Barrett

  • 76'

    Mattie Smith is being replaced by McClelland.

  • 76'

    Ciaran Kelly is being replaced by Rory Feely.

  • 71'

    Burns with another big chance. His first effort is blocked by Wilson before his follow up shot goes straight into the hands of James Talbot.

  • 66'

    Chance for Pats but Forrester's and Burns' efforts are both blocked. Game starting to open up a bit more here.

  • 60'

    Billy King replaces Lennon in a very attacking change by Stephen O'Donnell.

  • 60'

    Omochere replaces the injured Georgie Kelly on the hour mark.

  • 59'

    Big chance for Bohs. Burt's ball finds Ali Coote who's shot from inside the area is blocked by Desmond. Kelly tries his luck but Jaros saved well.

  • 56'

    Bohs looking a lot more comfortable on the ball at the start of the half compared to the first 45 minutes.

  • 50'

    Wilson's free kick is on target but is an easy save for Jaros.

  • 46'

    We're back underway.

  • Both sides back out on the pitch ahead of the second period. No changes for either side.

  • 45'

    Half Time at the Aviva Stadium with neither side yet to make the breakthroug. Big 45 minutes ahead for the finalists.

  • 42'

    Benson cuts the ball back to Forrester but Talbot saves well to deny the Pats' danger man.

  • 40'

    Paddy Barrett with a vital block inside his box to deny Georgie Kelly. Devoy broke from midfield before slotting the Premier Division's golden boot winner through, but Barrett was equal to it.

  • 38'

    Burns booked for Pats after his foul on Burt.

  • 36'

    Talbot with a fantastic save to deny Lennon. Lennon played a give and go with Robbie Benson before his left footed strike was saved by James Talbot. Best chance of the game.

  • 29'

    Burt has been very lively for Bohs and the wideman drifted in on a mazy run before trying to dink Jaros. Sadly for the Dalymount Park outfit, his effort goes over the bar.

  • 21'

    Forrester beats Talbot to the corner but his header flies narrowly over the bar.

  • 20'

    Coote finds Kelly inside the Pats box but Kelly's shot from a narrow angle hits the side netting. Still scoreless.

  • 19'

    Liam Burt picks up a loose ball around 25 yards out from goal and opts to shoot from distance. Comfortable save for Jaros.

  • 17'

    Burns over the top through ball finds Bone but the Pats defender can't put his effort on target.

  • 15'

    St. Patrick's Athletic seeing most of the ball here inside the first quarter of an hour but struggling to break down the Bohs defence.

  • 11'

    Mattie Smith cuts in from the left hand side and hits a right footed shot wide without any real conviction on the strike.

  • 7'

    Talbot leaves his box to clear his lines but it's only as far as Bermingham. The Pats skipper can't keep his effort down to catch the Bohs' keeper off his line.

  • 5'

    Liam Burt plays the ball into the path of Ross Tierney but the Irish U21 international can't direct his effort on target.

  • 1'

    And we're underway at a foggy and cold evening here at the Aviva.

  • Almost ready for kick off here in the Aviva. Bohs looking for their first FAI Cup since 2008 and St.Pats looking for their first since 2014.

  • Just over 20 minutes to go until kick off here with the Aviva starting to fill up ahead of this expected record crowd.

  • St. Patrick's Athletic Starting XI: Jaros, Bermingham, Bone, Desmond,Lennon, Benson, Forrester, Smith, Lewis, Burns, Barrett.

  • Bohemians Starting XI: Talbot, Lyons, Cornwall, Kelly, Coote, Burt, Kelly, Buckley, Wilson, Tierney, Devoy.

  • Hell and welcome to for the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium between Bohemians and St. Patrick's Athletic. My name is Luke Delaney and I will be taking you through live updates and text commentary throughout the game.A crowd of over 35,000 is expected today. Team news to follow shortly.

Past Meetings

(Series 30)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 19)
3 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 12)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 3)
0 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 18)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemian FC

(Series 9)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC v St. Patrick's Athletic


Aviva Stadium
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Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and