Date Time League Season
17 September 2021 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Perfect Pat’s move into semis

Three goals saw St Patrick's Athletic ease past Wexford FC on a 3-0 score-line at Richmond Park and into the FAI Cup semi-finals, despite being reduced to ten men for most of the game.

Although Sam Bone was shown his marching orders early on, Pat's always looked the better team, and a goal from Burns in each half, and a late Ronan Coughlan penalty; saw the home side past a toothless looking Wexford.

The visitors had their biggest attacking threat, Conor Crowley; sent off in the latter stages of the first half and created very little chances for the rest of the game despite enjoying more possession in the second period.

Pat's dominated play early in the first half while Wexford were content to sit back in a defensive unit, relying on a long ball to Jack Moylan up front as their attacking outlet.

This strategy proved successful  quickly for the visitors when keeper Jimmy Corcoran found Moylan alone with Pat's defender Sam Bone. The attacker looked to be away when Bone lunged in and stopped him in what was deemed a red card offence, leaving the home side down to 10 men with close to 83 minutes yet to play.

St. Pat's were not deterred however and continued to look the more confident side, controlling possession while Wexford offered little in an attacking sense.

Conor Crowley dragged Wexford's best chance wide soon after the sending off while Paddy Barrett came close at the other end as the Saints continued to press the visitors.

Billy King posed a constant threat to Wexford with his attacking runs and when he and Chris Forrester joined forces on the right wing they found Darragh Burns in enough space to fire home the games opener, putting the hosts up 1-0 in the 33rd minute.

Things soon became fiery afterwards with Wexford appearing frustrated to have conceded with a numerical advantage and Paul Fox was yellow carded for a coming together in the middle of the field while Conor Crowley, who had been the visitors foremost attacker, received a second yellow for a sliding challenge to see both sides enter half-time with ten men.

With less players on the field the game opened up in the second half and both sides looked evenly matched as each countered  the other's attacks.

Harry Groome had two good opportunities to bring Wexford back to even terms, but it was the home side that scored next.

Darragh Burns brought his tally on the night to two after Chris Forrester supplied a fantastic ball to the Saints attacker.
Though Wexford continued to press the home side, the fight appeared to be drained from the visitors upon conceding a second and St Pat's controlled most of proceedings from then on.

A 94th minute penalty won by the ever running Chris Forrester was put away by substitute Ronan Coughlan to see Pat's three to the good and into the FAI Cup semi-finals, much to the delight of the home support.

St. Pat's Ath

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
Jak Hickman Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
4Sam Bone Defender 7'
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
12Matty Smith 10 Forward
15Billy King 16 Forward
17Darragh Burns Forward 33'
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
29Paddy Barrett Defender 8'
Anthony Murphy
James Abankwah 29 Defender
10Ronan Coughlan 12 Forward 94'
11Jason McClelland Forward
16Alfie Lewis 15 Midfielder
19Nahum Melvin-Lambert Forward
20Shane Griffin Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
9Kyrian Nwoko Forward

Wexford FC

18Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Thomas Considine 20 Defender
4Paul Cleary Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder 33'
8Karl Manahan 19 Forward
9Karl Fitzsimons 26 Defender
11Paul Fox Midfielder 37'
15Kevin McEvoy Defender
16Jack Moylan Midfielder
21Harry Groome 6 Midfielder
29Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
30Sean Martin Goalkeeper
19Evan Farrell 8 Forward
6Jack Connolly 21 Midfielder
12Fionn McCaffrey
14Tyler Dunphy Midfielder
20Daniel Dobbin 2 Defender
24Luke Scanlon Midfielder
26Ayman Yousif 9 Forward
28Andrew Farrell
  • Full-Time at Richmond Park. St Pat's always the better side while Wexford really failed to pose much of a threat. 3-0 to the hosts as they Saints progress into the FAI Cup semis.

  • 93'

    Coughlan puts it away

  • 92'

    Peno as Chris Forrester fouled in Wexford box

  • 90'

    4 minutes added time at Richmond Park

  • 88'

    James Abankwah comes on for Paddy Barrett

  • 87'

    Treble substitution for Wexford

  • 85'

    Wexford continuing to press but look to have tired

  • 84'

    Game has slowed as the outcome looks to be a St Pat's win

  • 73'

    Wexford enjoying possession in recent moments but failing to create any opportunities

  • 69'

    Ben McCormack comes close with a headed effort for St Pat's

  • 67'

    Evan Farrell replaces Karl Manahan for Wexford

  • 66'

    St Pat's dominating play again now after scoring

  • 62'

    GOALL! Burns scores again as Pat's go up 2-0.

  • 62'

    Lewis replaces Billy King

  • 56'

    Burns comes close as Pat's also look threatening on the counter

  • 55'

    Jaros saves from Groome's shot. Wexford looking better on the counter in this half

  • 52'

    Pat's still holding possession while Wexford are pressing the hosts higher

  • 50'

    Groome's shot goes over for the visitors

  • 47'

    Billy King hits the post for Pat's. Has been the home side's biggest threat all evening

  • 45'

    Back underway for the second half!

  • 47'

    Half-Time at Richmond Park. St Patrick's Athletic took the lead through Darragh Burns and have dominated play despite having a man sent off early in the half. Wexford haven't threatened for the most part and Conor Crowley's sending off has seen them finish the half with ten men too. St Patrick's Athletic 1-0 Wexford FC

  • 45'

    2 minutes added time

  • 45'

    Burns shoots over after Jimmy Corcoran makes a good save but deflects away to the Pat's attacker

  • 44'

    Game continues to follow the same pattern as we approach half-time. St Pat's dominant in possession and Wexford playing as a defensive unit

  • 40'

    Conor Crowley has received a second yellow for Wexford and been sent off. Both sides down to ten men now!

  • 37'

    Fox booked for his part

  • 36'

    Handbags between the sides in midfield as tempers flare

  • 33'

    Darragh Burns scores for St Pat's!!!

  • 33'

    Crowley booked for Wexford

  • 32'

    Jaros saves Lorcan Fitzgerald's free kick

  • 29'

    Another Wexford ball finds Crowley up front but the forward can't control it

  • 25'

    St Pat's constantly on the ball while Wexford appear content to play defensively

  • 23'

    Paddy Barrett's header deflected out

  • 22'

    Wexford sending a number of long balls to Crowley up front in attack

  • 20'

    Crowley's shot drags left and wide for Wexford at the other end

  • 19'

    Matty Smith goes down in a challenge in the Wexford box, referee waves play on

  • 17'

    Jimmy Corcoran comes out to collect a dangerous ball over the top from St Pat's

  • 14'

    Pat's still seeing most of the possession despite being one man down, Wexford content to sit in a midfield block so far

  • 10'

    Fitzsimons shot goes wide as Wexford look to put on the pressure now

  • 9'

    Paddy Barrett also booked for St Pats

  • 7'

    Sam Bone sent off early for the home side after a foul on Jack Corcoran, who looked to be in on goal

  • 6'

    St Pats threatening early but no huge chances yet

  • 2'

    St Pats dominating early play

  • 1'

    Wexford get this FAI Cup quarter final under way!

  • All set for Kick-Off at Richmond Park, 2 minutes to go!

  • Paul Fox returns to the starting lineup for Wexford this evening

  • Jamie Lennon is amongst one of the two changes from St Pat's last outing, the Dubliner starts in midfield tonight alongside Ben McCormack

  • A closer battle is to be expected tonight however; an improving Wexford side will come out fighting for a place in the Cup semi-final.

  • Separated by a division, these sides last met at Richmond Park in a pre-season friendly in February when St Pat's ran out 4-0 winners over Wexford.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle\'s coverage of St Patrick's Athletic versus Wexford FC in the FAI Cup quarter final. My name is Jack Joy and I\'ll be taking you through this evening\'s game. Kick-Off is at 7.45!


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Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University