Date Time League Season
16 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Pat’s keep up pressure at the top

St. Patrick’s Athletic go second after they brushed aside Drogheda in Richmond Park with a 2-0 win.

Chris Forrester opened the score on the hour mark after some good set up play by Burns, who was arguably man of the match in sunny Inchicore.

The Drogs defended well for periods but never threatened and Robbie Benson finished the game in the 78th minute with a cool finish past David Odumosu.

Despite starting the game lethargically, the Saints dominated the second half and the visitors looked spineless. Pats controlled the match as soon as they went ahead and saw out the three points in front of 1,000 spectators.

Drogheda had been disciplined up until the first goal with Dan O’Reilly and Dane Massey providing their usual solidarity.

They had settled for sitting back and tried to snatch a goal on the break, but once the hosts went ahead it was evident the Louth side were out of the contest.

The first half wasn’t much more than a feeling out process. It felt like there was an opportunity for some spells of possession for the away side but they weren’t brave and tried to move the ball up the pitch prematurely.

The hosts came out a new outfit in the second half. Forrester and Burns in particular shot into life when their team needed it, putting dangerous balls in the box and taking on their men. At this stage it became apparent that Drogheda needed bodies behind the ball to get something from the game.

Credit where credit is due though, Tim Clancy’s men worked very hard and it felt they might have the ability to see the game off at one point. It was the fact they had no real counter on the break that led them to be overwhelmed at the back.  Young substitute Jordan Adeyemo couldn’t really get any space up top.

The Saints broke through on the hour when Burns teed it up for Forrester to tap it in. They doubled this lead when Robbie Benson scored from Matty Smith’s rebound after 78 minutes and it was game over.

Meanwhile Lee Desmond delivered a flawless performance in defence and keeper Vitezslav Jaros had excellent distribution. This win puts Pats in second and keeps them joint with Rovers on points after they also beat Derry tonight.

  • Full-time in Inchicore. St. Pats 2-0 Drogheda United

  • 83'

    Ian Bermingham takes the place of star man Darragh Burns for the home side

  • 80'

    Dinny Corcoran replaces Kylian Phillips for Drogheda in a last roll of the dice

  • 78'

    2-0 Pats! Matty Smith's shot saved by Odumosu but Robbie Benson took the rebound down calmly and tucked it away

  • 75'

    Ben McCormack comes on in place of Billy King

  • 68'

    McLelland booked

  • 64'

    Clancy with a double change. Ronan Murray comes on for Mark Doyle and Jake Hyland replaces Luke Heeney

  • 61'

    Goal for Pats! A brilliant ball from deep by Jason McLelland found Burns who squared it with great composure to Forrester leaving a tap in for the Saints midfielder. 1-0 Pats and much deserved at that. Pressure is on the Louth side to come out and play now

  • 56'

    Brilliant defensive work from Conor Kane as he crucially heads it away from Burns at the back post. It seems like the men in claret and blue are finally happy to kill the game off while taking what they can get on the counter attack

  • 51'

    If it wasn't for some disciplined defending by Drogheda, Pats could easily be ahead. Chris Forrester and Burns are looking sharp in this second-half.

  • Half-time at Richmond Park. 0-0

  • 50'

    Huge chance for Burns deep into first-half stoppage time but he flashed his shot just wide of a relieved David Odumosu's post

  • 46'

    Matty Smith booked for the Saints. He is now suspended for excessive yellows and will miss a game next week against Shamrock Rovers.

  • 45'

    Still very even approaching the break. There is potential there for the visitors to start taking some spells of possession but they seem to be overly respectful so far and are looking to get rid of the ball prematurely. The hosts haven't been great but look like they could score at any moment

  • 34'

    Good opportunity for Lee Desmond after a ball broke dangerously in the box from a Pat's corner. The defender couldn't steer it in however

  • 27'

    Jordan Adeyemo comes on for top scorer Chris Lyons who you'd expect has some sort of knock in order to be taken off so early here

  • 24'

    A water break now as the sun beams down onto the surface at Richmond Park, been a relatively uneventful half with no clear indication of who will take the three points

  • 10'

    Pats have been the slightly better side in the opening 10 minutes but Drogheda have been positive and aren't letting the hosts have the freedom of possession. Kylian Phillips goes close with a shot from the edge just there

  • 6'

    Big early sight at goal for Darragh Burns as he flashes over with a close range header following an inviting cross by Sam Bone

  • 1'

    Drogheda get us underway in Dublin in front of 1,000 spectators

  • For the visitors it's a second consecutive unchanged team for Tim Clancy. Chris Lyons and Mark Doyle start again with 17 goals between them this season

  • Two changes for the home side. One of them being Lee Desmond who returns from suspension and takes the place of Jamie Lennon who is now suspended himself after Derry last week

  • Hi Con Sheehan here as St.Patrick's Athletic host Drogheda United in the SSE Airtricity League in Richmond Park. Just a couple of minutes until kick-off

St. Pat's Ath

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
4Sam Bone Defender
5Lee Desmond Defender
7Robbie Benson Midfielder 78'
8Chris Forrester Midfielder 61'
11Jason McClelland Forward 68'
17Darragh Burns 3 Forward
29Paddy Barrett Defender
12Matty Smith Forward 46'
15Billy King 18 Forward
16Alfie Lewis Midfielder
Anthony Murphy
3Ian Bermingham 17 Defender
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
James Abankwah Defender
18Ben McCormack 15 Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
Tommy Lonergan Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons 20 Forward
14Mark Doyle 17 Forward
19Killian Phillips 10 Midfielder
21Luke Heeney 11 Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
6Hugh Douglas Defender
10Dinny Corcoran 19 Forward
11Jake Hyland 21 Midfielder
17Ronan Murray 14 Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
22James Clarke Midfielder
45Mark Hughes Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 11)
3 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v St. Patrick's Athletic

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

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United


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