Prem
Date: 5:45 p.m. April 30, 2021
Venue: Richmond Park
3 - 0
FT

Rónán Coughlan 47' -
Scored: 47'


Chris Forrester 52' -
Scored: 52'


Chris Forrester 91' -
Scored: 91'



League Report: St. Patrick’s Athletic 3 – 0 Longford Town

Fri, Apr 30 2021

Celebrations by the Camac Credit: Liam Coughlan

Deniese O'Flaherty reports from Richmond Park

Chris Forrester scored a brace and Ronan Coughlan added another as St. Pat's continued their fine start to the season remaining top of the table above Shamrock Rovers on goal difference.

Coughlan, introduced as a half-time substitute, took just two minutes to break the deadlock. Forrester got his first of the game in the 52nd minute with a terrific finish and he grabbed his second in stoppage time; showing his talent.

It wasn't a great performance by the Athletic but that's the sign of a good team, getting wins when they're playing below par.

This was Town's fifth defeat of the season and they drop to the bottom of the table. Defensive mistakes and not doing enough in the final third, have been the main problems this season.

In what was a scrappy first half, chances were at a premium. Both sides had one chance apiece while there were a few half chances. Neither ‘keeper had to make a save of note in the first 45 minutes.

The visitors battled throughout the opening half and didn’t allow the home side much time on the ball.

In the 12th minute Sam Bone got into a decent position but he blasted the ball over the bar. Town went down the other end and Aaron Dobbs hit a shot from just outside the box but Vitezslav Jaros was able to gather.

Dobbs should’ve done better in the 31st minute when the chance fell to him, but he hit his effort wide. Chris Forrester hit a shot in the 44th minute which Michael Kelly got down to claim.

The second half was only two minutes on when the Saints opened the scoring; Darragh Burns crossed from the left and substitute Ronan Coughlan toe poked it home at the far post.

Town came close to replying minutes later but Karl Chambers’ powered his header over the bar from close range.

Pat’s doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute; Coughlan with the pass and Chris Forrester found the top corner of the net with an excellent finish. Town tried hard to get back into the game but Pat’s were able to soak up the pressure.

Town sub Dean Byrne put in a cross in the 86th minute but Rob Manley was able to get a touch to it and it went out for a goal-kick. 

In stoppage time Forrester was on target again with a fine finish to make it 3-0. Right at the end Rob Manley's effort went wide.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; Sam Bone; Paddy Barrett, Lee Desmond, Shane Griffin (Ronan Coughlan ht); Darragh Burns (Ian Bermingham 57), Alfie Lewis, Jamie Lennon (John Mountney ht), Chris Forrester, Billy King (Ben McCormack 85); Mattie Smith. 

Subs not used: Barry Murphy (gk), Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Danny Morris. Kian Corbally

Booked: Sam Bone (44), Billy King (66), Mattie Smith (83).

Longford Town: Michael Kelly; Joe Manley, Aaron O’Driscoll, Joe Gorman, Paddy Kirk (Sam Verdon 57); Aaron Robinson, Aodh Dervin; Dylan Grimes (Dean Byrne 77), Aaron Bolger (Callum Thompson 77), Karl Chambers; Aaron Dobbs (Rob Manley 70).

Subs not used: Lee Steacy (gk), Michael McDonnell, Dean Zambra, Aaron McCabe, Luke Dennison.

Booked: Aaron Bolger (64), Aaron Robinson (87)

Referee: Ray Matthews 

extratime.com Player of the Match: Chris Forrester (St. Pat's)

 


St. Patrick's Athletic
Vitezslav Jaros 1
Goalkeeper
Shane Griffin 20
46'
46Subbed Off: Rónán Coughlan 46'
Defender
Lee Desmond 5
Booked: 66'
Defender
Sam Bone 4
Booked: 44'
Defender
Paddy Barrett 29
Defender
Alfie Lewis 16
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon 6
46'
46Subbed Off: John Mountney 46'
Midfielder
Billy King 15
86'
86Subbed Off: Ben McCormack 86'
Midfielder
© Chris Forrester 8
Scored: 52'
Scored: 91'
Midfielder
Darragh Burns 17
56'
56Subbed Off: Ian Bermingham 56'
Midfielder
Matty Smith 12
Booked: 82'
Forward

Substitutes
Daniel Norris 27
Midfield
Barry Murphy 21
Goalkeeper
John Mountney 2
46'
46Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 46'
Midfield
Nahum Melvin-Lambert 9
Forward
Ben McCormack 18
86'
86Subbed On: Billy King 86'
Midfield
Rónán Coughlan 10
46'
46Subbed On: Shane Griffin 46'
Scored: 47'
Forward
Kian Corbally 31
Midfield
Ian Bermingham 3
56'
56Subbed On: Darragh Burns 56'
Defender
Longford Town
30 Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
Booked: 86'
32 Joe Gorman
Defender
19 Karl Chambers
Defender
4 Aaron Robinson
Midfielder
3 Patrick Kirk
Midfielder 56'
56Subbed Off: Sam Verdon 56'
7 Dylan Grimes
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Aaron McCabe 78'
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
14 Aaron Bolger
Midfielder
Booked: 65'
78'
78Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 78'
9 Aaron Dobbs
Forward 71'
71Subbed Off: Rob Manley 71'

Substitutes
6 Dean Zambra
Midfield
10 Sam Verdon
Forward 56'
56Subbed On: Patrick Kirk 56'
11 Callum Thompson
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Aaron Bolger 78'
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
5 Michael McDonnell
Midfield
15 Aaron McCabe
Forward 78'
78Subbed On: Dylan Grimes 78'
8 Rob Manley
Forward 71'
71Subbed On: Aaron Dobbs 71'
Ben Lynch
Midfield
20 Dean Byrne
Forward