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Date: 6 p.m. May 8, 2021
Venue: Richmond Park

Chris Forrester 4' -
Scored: 4'


Scored: 41'
- Graham Burke 41'

Scored: 90'
- Daniel Mandroiu 90' + 2'


League Report: St Patrick’s Athletic 1 – 2 Shamrock Rovers

Sat, May 08 2021

Danny Mandroiu scored the winner in Richmond Park - his fourth of the season Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Rónán MacNamara reports from Richmond Park

Shamrock Rovers remain top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division after Danny Mandroiu’s stoppage time winner gave the champions a 2-1 win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park. 

The victory sees Rovers extend their lead at the top of the league to five points and stretch their record breaking unbeaten run to 32 games, as the Athletic lost their first game of the season.

Graham Burke’s left footed strike cancelled out Chris Forrester’s early opener to send both sides into the half time interval on level terms.

The hosts pressed Rovers early on and their intensity and pressure paid off when John Mountney’s cross found Forrester via a sliced clearance off Lee Grace. The midfielder made no mistake as he cushioned a half volley past Alan Mannus to give the Saints the lead after just four minutes.

Pats almost made it two but Lee Grace was on hand to clear Ian Bermingham’s goal bound cross cut shot.

Rovers took a while to settle into the game and their first chance came the way of Rory Gaffney who was found brilliantly by Gary O’Neill’s defence splitting pass. The former Salford striker scuffed his finish and Viteszlav Jaros saved easily with his feet. 

The game was played at a high intensity with the cut and thrust of a derby game with tackles flying in and emotions running high on the sideline.

Jamie Lennon was booked after an altercation with Liam Scales which Stephen O’Donnell labelled “the worst decision I have ever seen.”

That seemed to spur Rovers into life as they dominated the final ten minutes of the opening half. 

The Saints ‘keeper had a couple of hairy moments as he spilled Mandroiu’s inswinging cross but gathered at the feet of Scales and Ronan Finn. 

Jaros again had to redeem himself after spilling a routine shot from the edge of the box as he reacted smartly to deny Gaffney from point blank range.

Pats were not able to sustain their intensity for the whole half and it showed as Watts passed to Burke who was invited to shoot on his left foot from 25 yards. He duly obliged as he found the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the season, beating Jaros at his near post who will feel disappointed with his efforts.

Rovers continued their dominance as Burke had a goalbound effort cleared for a corner before Mandroiu’s speculative effort was tipped over by Jaros. 

Tempers flared on the sidelines as O’Donnell and Glen Cronin were cautioned by referee Derek Tomney just before the interval.

The home side had the first shot in anger of the second half as Billy King’s left footed effort was straight down the throat of Mannus who made his 75th consecutive league appearance between the sticks for Rovers. 

King threatened again as he went on a good run but his shot was deflected over the bar.

Gaffney thought he had put the champions in front when he bundled Finn’s cross home in the 66th minute but his joy was short lived when the linesman raised his offside flag. 

Matty Smith who looked lively throughout, scuffed an effort under pressure when he got in behind the Rovers defence as the game approached the last 15 minutes. 

Jaros produced a fine save to deny Mandroiu who’s dipping free kick from 25 yards was hit with venom. Substitute Roberto Lopes should have put Rovers ahead from the resulting corner but his free header from eight yards went over the bar. 

Mannus pulled off a fine reaction save from close range to deny Matty Smith who slid in to divert Forrester’s intelligent header towards goal. 

Four minutes were added on at the end of the half and Mandroiu pressed high and won the ball from Lee Desmond who let Lee Grace’s long ball bounce away from him. Mandroiu stormed through and slotted calmly from a tight angle past Jaros under pressure from the stricken Desmond and send the Rovers bench into raptures. 

A champions victory for Rovers who showed great belief to score yet another late winner despite not being at their free flowing best.

St. Patrick's Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; Lee Desmond, Sam Bone, Ian Bermingham (c) (Shane Griffin 46); Jamie Lennon, Billy King, Chris Forrester, Alfie Lewis (Jason McClelland 69), John Mountney; Rónán Coughlan, Matty Smith.

Subs not used: Barry Murphy, Josh Keeley, Kian Corbally, Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Daniel Norris.

Booked: Jamie Lennon (35), Stephen O'Donnell (45), Matty Smith (86).

Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Sean Hoare, Lee Grace, Joey O'Brien (Roberto Lopes 49); Ronan Finn (c) (Chris McCann 69), Gary O'Neill, Liam Scales, Dylan Watts; Daniel Mandroiu, Rory Gaffney (Dean Williams 88), Graham Burke (Sean Gannon 69).

Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Aidomo Emakhu, Max Murphy, Darragh Nugent, Adam Wells.

Booked: Liam Scales (35) Graham Burke (42).

Referee: Derek Tomney

Attendance: 0

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Danny Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers)


St. Patrick's Athletic
Vitezslav Jaros 1
Goalkeeper
Lee Desmond 5
Defender
Sam Bone 4
Defender
© Ian Bermingham 3
46'
46Subbed Off: Shane Griffin 46'
Defender
Jamie Lennon 6
Booked: 35'
Midfielder
Billy King 15
Midfielder
Chris Forrester 8
Scored: 4'
Midfielder
Alfie Lewis 16
69'
69Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 69'
Midfielder
John Mountney 2
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan 10
Forward
Matty Smith 12
Booked: 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Josh Keeley 25
Goalkeeper
Shane Griffin 20
46'
46Subbed On: Ian Bermingham 46'
Defender
Kian Corbally 31
Midfield
Jason McClelland 16
69'
69Subbed On: Alfie Lewis 69'
77'
77Subbed Off: Ben McCormack 77'
Midfield
Ben McCormack 18
77'
77Subbed On: Jason McClelland 77'
Midfield
Nahum Melvin-Lambert 9
Forward
Barry Murphy 21
Goalkeeper
Daniel Norris 27
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
3 Sean Hoare
Defender
5 Lee Grace
Defender
28 Joey O'Brien
Defender 49'
49Subbed Off: Roberto Lopes 49'
8 Ronan Finn ©
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: Chris McCann 69'
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder
15 Liam Scales
Midfielder
Booked: 35'
7 Dylan Watts
Midfielder
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Forward
Scored: 90'
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward 88'
88Subbed Off: Dean Williams 88'
10 Graham Burke
Forward
Scored: 41'
Booked: 42'
69'
69Subbed Off: Sean Gannon 69'

Substitutes
26 Chris McCann
Midfield 69'
69Subbed On: Ronan Finn 69'
4 Roberto Lopes
Defender 49'
49Subbed On: Joey O'Brien 49'
2 Sean Gannon
Defender 69'
69Subbed On: Graham Burke 69'
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield
24 Max Murphy
Midfield
22 Darragh Nugent
Midfield
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
21 Adam Wells
Defender
19 Dean Williams
Forward 88'
88Subbed On: Rory Gaffney 88'