Date Time League Season
13 August 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Pats put pressure on Rovers with Waterford win

Title pushing St Pats continued to keep up the pace with league leaders Shamrock Rovers, as they ran out 2-1 winners at home to Waterford in the Premier Division tonight.

St Pats are now joint top of the table but have played two extra games, with Shamrock Rovers in action on Sunday against Bohemians.

The match finished ugly as Lee Desmond was stretchered off after a nasty looking head collision with his goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros.

Waterford started the game brightly with their tricky winger Junior Quitirna causing the St Pats defence problems with his pace and trickery.

Ben McCormack had the game’s first clear cut chance as a sloppy mistake by Waterford keeper Brian Murphy led to the midfielder’s attempted lob, that just found the roof of the net.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first half through Matty Smith who scored his eight goal of the campaign.

Nahum Melvin Lambert produced a poor clearance that teed up Smith, who fired the ball into the net in a one on one against his former club.

The in-form attackers day ended on a sour note two minutes later as he was forced to be replaced with a hamstring injury.

Waterford started the second half well and without testing Jaros managed to get a foot hold in the contest.

But they found themselves two behind after a great cross by Ian Bermingham picked out Reading loanee Melvin-Lambert, who rose well and cooly headed the ball into the net.

However, Waterford were back in the game when they were awarded a penalty through Quitirna’s trickery to get past the St Pats defence and the winger was eventually tripped by Bermingham.

Quitirna stepped up to take the spot kick and powered the ball into the net to set up a grandstand finish.

The hosts saw the game out comfortably until deep into stoppage time when Paddy Barrett looked to have brought down Cian Kavanagh with a shoulder barge, but the referee waved away the appeals. 

  • 104'

    Full time: St Patrick's Athletic 2-1 Waterford

  • 104'

    St Pats sub: Lee Desmond is stretchered off and is replaced by Sam Curtis.

  • 96'

    Break in play as Jaros and Desmond are down receiving treatment after a clash of heads.

  • 95'

    Huge appeal for a penalty as Battett looked to have brought down Cian Kavanagh in the area with a shoulder barge but the referee waves away Waterford's appeals.

  • 92'

    Free kick to St Pats deep in the Waterford half as the home side look to close out the game.

  • 90'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of five additional minutes to be played.

  • 87'

    A break in play as a Waterford player is down receiving treatment.

  • 86'

    The corner comes to nothing and Waterford survive.

  • 86'

    McLennan was in to put the game to bed after a great ball by Billy King but Darragh Power's vital interception proves costly. Corner for St Pats.

  • 85'

    St Pats continue to dominate as Waterford continue to fire long balls up to their strikers but to no avail.

  • 82'

    Billy King's corner picks out Desmond but Waterford hack the ball clear.

  • 82'

    Corner to St Pats, a good chance for the hosts.

  • 80'

    St Pats threaten with balls into the box as they look to add to their two goals and put the game out of Waterford's reach.

  • 79'

    The game is in the balance and could go either way as we enter into the closing stages.

  • 74'

    St Pats subs: Ronan Coughlan and Jason McClelland replace Nahum Melvin Lambert and Ben McCormack.

  • 72'

    Waterford subs: Niall O'Keefe is replaced by Greg Halford and Prince Mutswugana is replaced by Isaac Tshipamba.

  • 67'

    Waterford sub: Cameron Evans is replaced by Kyle Ferguson

  • 65'

    GOAL! Armando Junior Quitirna gets Waterford on the board from the spot as Jaros goes the right way but the winger's effort is just out of the goalkeepers reach. Game on here now!

  • 64'

    Wonderful piece of skill by Armando Junior Quitirna to turn the St Pats defence and Ian Bermingham clips the tricky winger to give away the penalty.

  • 60'

    St Pats sub: Jamie Lennon replaces Alfie Lewis.

  • 59'

    GOAL! A great cross by Ian Bermingham picks out Reading loanee Nahum Melvin-Lambert who rises well and cooly heads the back into the back of the net.

  • 57'

    Armando Junior Quitirna dispossesses Paddy Barrett and races towards goal but Quitirna's left footed shot flies wide of the target. Huge let off for the hosts!

  • 54'

    Paddy Barrett is yellow carded for a foul on Armando Junior Quitirna, who was advancing forward on the counterattack.

  • 53'

    Barrett has a strike on goal but it\'s straight at Brian Murphy who holds on to the ball comfortably.

  • 52'

    Eddie Nolan goes into the book for a strong challenge on McCormack on the edge of the area. Promising set piece situation with Paddy Barrett and McCormack over the ball.

  • 50'

    Melvin-Lambert fires his shot just wide from six yards out after John Martin was dispossessed and the ball was quickly squared to the new signing.

  • 46'

    Waterford sub: Cian Kavanagh replaces Phoenix Patterson

  • 46'

    Back underway in the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time: St Patrick\'s Athletic 1-0 Waterford

  • 45'

    Ben McCormack is booked as he stops a Waterford counterattack with a professional foul.

  • 45'

    Alfie Lewis' corner is poor as he tries to pick out someone on the edge of the area but it instead picks out a blue shirt.

  • 45'

    Route one tactics for St Pats and they are rewarded with a corner kick in the closing stages of the half.

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of two additional minutes to be played.

  • 41'

    The hosts are in firm control of this tie.

  • 41'

    Melvin-Lambert couldn't quite get the contact on his header but the ball into the box deserved better.

  • 40'

    Free kick in a good area for St Pats on the left, Ben McCormack will look to whip this into the box.

  • 37'

    Billy King does well down the left and finds McCormack on the edge of the area and his effort ends up just wide of the post.

  • 36'

    Darragh Power has a shot from 40 yards out that flies way wide of the target.

  • 34'

    Free kick to Waterford for a foul on Brian Murphy by Nahum Melvin-Lambert.

  • 33'

    St Pats continue to dominate and have another corner.

  • 31'

    Waterford clear their lines well and attempt a counterattack but it comes to nothing.

  • 30'

    St Pats look comfortable and composed with their solitary goal lead and are rewarded with another corner kick.

  • 27'

    St Pats sub: Matty Smith is replaced by Darragh Burns as the goalscorer two minutes after scoring is replaced because of a hamstring injury.

  • 24'

    GOAL! Matty Smith scores his eighth goal of the season as Melvin Lambert produces a poor clearance that ends up teeing up Smith to fire the ball into the net in a one on one against his former club.

  • 21'

    Great build up play by Waterford, as Eddie Nolan produces a great pass to pick out Jack Stafford and his ball into the box almost finds striker Prince Mustwunguma but Vitezslav Jaros makes a vital punch to intercept.

  • 16'

    Sloppy mistake from Brian Murphy as he's dispossessed and the ball falls to Ben McCormack and his attempted lob just finds the roof of the net.

  • 15'

    Shane Griffin produces a good effort from the set piece that flies into the side of the net. Vitezslav Jaros looked to have had it covered.

  • 14'

    Waterford are enjoying good possession and have a free kick in a dangerous position, to the left.

  • 12'

    Even start to this game, with St Pats dominating possession but Waterford looking to threaten on the counterattack.

  • 11'

    Junior Quitirna gets past his man with brilliant skill but his shot from outside the box is comfortably saved.

  • 10'

    Billy King threatens by breaking inside from the left with a few step overs but his shot from outside the box drags wide.

  • 7'

    Cameron Evans makes a fantastic tackle on Chris Forrester, who was in a threatening position.

  • 4'

    The corner picks out Paddy Barrett but the visitors eventually clear their lines.

  • 3'

    Good start by the hosts is rewarded with the games first corner kick.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • The flags are waving in the Shed and we are just moments away from kick off, this should be a good one!

  • The two sides last met back in June when they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the RSC.

  • They come into tonight’s match after an impressive 1-0 home victory over Bohemians, thanks to Phoenix Patterson’s winner.

  • The visitors change in fortunes have seen them propel out of the relegation places up to eighth, and two points clear of the relegation places.

  • Last time out, the Saints were in flying form and picked up an emphatic 4-1 away victory at Oriel Park against Dundalk, courtesy of goals from Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Chris Forrester and a brace from Matty Smith.

  • The weather in Dublin is currently 18 degrees Celsius, with a 1% chance of rain, humidity levels of 62% and a wind of 13 mph.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of today's League of Ireland Premier Division match up between St Patrick's Athletic and Waterford.

St. Pat's Ath

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
4Sam Bone Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
29Paddy Barrett Defender 54'
5Lee Desmond 41 Defender
16Alfie Lewis 6 Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
18Ben McCormack 11 Midfielder 45'
12Matty Smith Forward 24'
15Billy King 17 Forward
19Nahum Melvin-Lambert 10 Forward 59'
Tommy Lonergan Midfielder
6Jamie Lennon 16 Midfielder
9Kyrian Nwoko Forward
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
41Sam Curtis 5 Defender
17Darragh Burns 15 Forward
10Ronan Coughlan 19 Forward
11Jason McClelland 18 Forward


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans 6 Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder 65'
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe 20 Midfielder
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
23Prince Mustwunguma 21 Forward
44Phoenix Patterson 10 Midfielder
46Eddie Nolan Defender 52'
20Greg Halford 14 Defender
45Jamal Dupree Midfielder
5George Forrest Defender
6Kyle Ferguson 3 Defender
10Cian Kavanagh 44 Forward
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
17Max Hutchison Defender
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi 23 Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper

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(Series 6)
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(Series 10)
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(Series 1)
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LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

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I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.