Date Time League Season
23 July 2021 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Pat’s hit Bray for six

A dominant and controlling performance from St. Patrick’s Athletic saw them come away 6-0 winners over Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park tonight.

This impressive victory sees The Saints progress into the second round of the FAI Cup which already improves on last season’s cup campaign when they were knocked out in the first round.

The two goalkeepers arguably were not troubled early on with most efforts being simple saves or off target

It was Billy King who got the home side’s first goal of the night after he cut in from the left and let fly. The shot looked to be a simple one for Brian Maher who let it slip past him. 

Pat’s seemed to be in control of the game after taking the lead and the difference in divisions soon became clear to see as they got their second.

Jason McClelland was found at the back post by a KIng cross in the 38th minute. The winger made no mistake and dispatched with a diving header.

Going into half-time Bray looked to be struggling and this did not change as the second period started. 

The Saints got their third ten minutes into the second period. Ian Bermingham found Ben McCormack in the box and he powered the header home.

Three minutes later Sam Bone made it 4-0. A clearance fell kindly for the defender and he connected sweetly on the half volley finding the bottom left corner via the post.

The fifth goal was arguably the best of the night. Centre-back, Paddy Barrett found himself high up the pitch and got a lucky deflection which gave him some space. He set himself and finessed the ball into the top right corner giving Maher no chance.

The final goal saw King get his second of the night. He came in from the right wing shifting the ball onto his left foot and placing it into the far corner. 

A great performance from St Pat’s whose fans and management will be delighted. The victory was made even sweeter with three debutants coming on in Kian Corbally, Josh Keeley and Tommy Lonergan.

Bray will be disappointed to see their cup run end before it really got going but they will be looking to bounce back in the league.

  • FULL-TIME: St Patrick's Athletic 6-0 Bray Wanderers

  • 90'

    Three minutes added time

  • 88'

    McCormack's effort hits the wall

  • 87'

    A free kick for Pat's in a dangerous position

  • 86'

    A penalty shout for Pat's is waved away after it looked like Jones handled the ball

  • 85'

    Kian Corbally blasts the ball over the bar

  • 77'

    He shifts the ball onto his left and finds the net

  • 77'

    King gets his second

  • 76'

    Gary Shaw forces Jaros into a save

  • 73'

    Barrett tries for his second but it is comfortable for Maher

  • 62'

    Barrett found space on the edge of the box and finessed the ball beautifully into the top right corner

  • 62'

    Paddy Barrett makes it 5

  • 58'

    The ball fell kindly for Bone who connected sweetly on the half volley and found the net via the post

  • 58'

    It's 4-0 as Sam Bone gets on the scoresheet

  • 55'

    A great cross into the box from Ian Bermingham finds McCormack who heads home and gets his first ever senior goal

  • 55'

    Ben McCormack gets the third

  • 52'

    Dylan Barnett unleashes a great strike that is equalled by Jaros who tips it over the bar

  • 50'

    Craven sees his effort blocked by his own team mate

  • 50'

    An Alfie Lewis shot does not trouble Maher

  • 46'

    Maher dodges a bullet as he flicks the ball over a Pat's player and is lucky not to lose the ball

  • 46'

    Bray get the second half underway

  • HALF-TIME: St Patrick's Athletic 2-0 Bray Wanderers

  • 41'

    Jamie Lennon has a shot that cannot find it's way through the Bray defence and is cleared away

  • 40'

    Sam Verdon finds space in the box but his shot is straight at Jaros

  • 38'

    A Billy King cross finds McClelland at the back post who dispatches with a diving header

  • 38'

    McClelland gets Pat's second goal

  • 34'

    St Pat's look to have grown in confidence since the goal and have really taken control of possession

  • 30'

    Ben McCormack flashes the ball across goal but McClelland fails to connect properly and his shot is off target

  • 23'

    The winger cut in and took a shot that seemed to be straight at Maher who will be disappointed that he could not keep it out

  • 23'

    Billy King puts the home side ahead

  • 19'

    Jason McClelland cuts in on his right foot and lets fly straight into the arms of Maher

  • 13'

    Brandon Kavanagh sees his effort from outside the box blocked

  • 11'

    Sam Bone receives the first yellow card of the game

  • 10'

    Billy King with a great chance to set up a counter attack but overhits the pass and the ball goes out of play

  • 8'

    Brian Maher gets his first touch of the ball after he catches a cross

  • 7'

    Aaron Barry with a great block from a Sam Bone strike

  • 5'

    A Bray cross is well claimed by Jaros in the Pat\'s goal

  • 1'

    St. Pat's get the game underway

  • The teams are on the pitch ahead of kick-off

  • Less than thirty minutes to go until kick-off

  • Clifford, the former Pat's man misses out through suspension along with Ryan Graydon

  • Sam Verdon and Richie O\'Farrell are in to replace Conor Clifford and Luka Lovic

  • Team news for Bray is in with two changes to their starting eleven

  • Jamie Lennon, Ian Bermingham and Ben McCormack replace Chris Forrester, Robbie Benson and Darragh Burns

  • Team news for The Saints is in and there are three changes to the starting eleven

  • It is currently 22 degrees celsius in Inchicore and looks to be perfect weather for a match with the sun shining

  • Richmond Park is the venue for tonight's match

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's FAI Cup first round tie between St Patrick's Athletic and Bray Wanderers

St. Pat's Ath

1Vitezslav Jaros 25 Goalkeeper
3Ian Bermingham Defender
4Sam Bone Defender 58'
5Lee Desmond 2 Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
11Jason McClelland Forward 38'
12Matty Smith Forward
15Billy King 38 Forward 23', 77'
16Alfie Lewis 31 Midfielder
18Ben McCormack Midfielder 55'
29Paddy Barrett Defender 62'
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
25Josh Keeley 1 Goalkeeper
38Tommy Lonergan 15 Midfielder
39James Abankwah Defender
2John Mountney 5 Midfielder
7Robbie Benson Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward
31Kian Corbally 16 Midfielder

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett 12 Defender
4Andrew Quinn 18 Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender
8Mark Byrne 17 Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh 10 Midfielder
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
15Daniel Jones 32'
16Darren Craven Midfielder
28Sam Verdon 22 Forward
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
30Jack Ross Goalkeeper
10Gary Shaw 11 Forward
12Dean O’Shea 3 Defender
17Luka Lovic 8 Midfielder
18Sean Callan 4 Defender
22Steven Kinsella 28 Forward
24Cian Maher Defender


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A journalist with an interest in sports. BA in Multimedia Journalism from the University Of Wolverhampton.