0 - 3
FT

Scored: 11'
- Ryan De Vries 11'

Scored: 43'
- Johnny Kenny 43'

Scored: 90'
- Adam McDonnell 90' + 1'


League Report: St. Patrick's Athletic 0 - 3 Sligo Rovers

Sat, Nov 06 2021

Action from Sligo Rovers' 3-0 win over Pats in Inchicore Credit: Liam Coughlan

Sligo Rovers all but secured European football for next year after a 3-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park on Friday. First-half goals from Ryan De Vries and Johnny Kenny and an injury-time free-kick from Adam McDonnell were enough for Liam Buckley’s side to take the points.

After an even opening 10 minutes which saw both sides exchange periods of possession, the home team, who were without head coach Stephen O’Donnell through illness, found themselves behind with a goal that was all their own doing.

Jamie Lennon gave the ball away in midfield passing it straight to De Vries. The forward capitalised on the error and curled a right-footed shot past Vitezslav Jaros in the St Pats goal.

The Saints nearly hit back straight away, Lee Desmond saw his glancing header tipped over the bar by Ed McGinty from a corner.

Lennon then went close on the 25th minute, John Mahon had cleared a cross from Pats left and the Ireland Under-21 international shot just over from the edge of the box.

On the next attack, Darragh Burns cut inside onto his favoured left but his attempt was saved by McGinty. There was a real sense of excitement in the stands anytime the 19-year-old got the ball.

On the 40th minute mark, Garry Buckley miss judged a clearance but Ian Bermingham’s shot was saved. The resulting corner was cleared to Johnny Kenny, he then outpaced Jak Hickman but none of his teammates were in the box to capitalize on his cutback.

Two minutes later the teenager, who just this week signed a three-year-deal had his goal. Mark

Byrne crossed from the right, Kenny’s first attempt was cleared but only as far as the oncoming Robbie McCourt who sent the ball back in from the left, Kenny’s initial header was saved but he showed striker’s instincts to swiftly put away the rebound. A 10th goal of the season to send the Bit O’Red two up at half-time.

Pats manager Alan Matthews, clearly unhappy with his side’s performance, made a double change at half-time with Matt Smith and Billy King coming on for Ronan Coughlan and Alfie Lewis.

Pats turned the screw but were always susceptible to Sligo’s pace on the counter-attack. Kenny an ever-willing runner in behind.

The home side had arguably their best chance just on the hour mark. Forrester found himself free five-yards out after a deep cross from Burns but completely missed the ball.

Sligo again though looked dangerous on the break, Andre Wright combined with Mark Byrne and the latter’s dangerous shot across goal was parried by Liverpool loanee Jaros.

Just after the 70th minute Lee Desmond stepped forward and played in Bermingham, the captain floated a ball across but subsitute Nahun Melvin Lambert’s header missed the target.

The left-wing was proving fruitful for the Inchicore side, Matty Smith beat his man before crossing to Robbie Benson but the ex-Dundalk midfielder put his effort narrowly wide.

The more Pats pressed on the more Sligo looked to punish them on the break. Andre Wright should have made it three, Romeo Parkes played the ex-Bohemians man through on goal. The Pats defence demanded an offside flag but it never came however Wright’s shot was tame in the end.

Pats continued to create chances of their own and on the 84th minute the ball broke to Benson on the edge of the box. He hit a powerful shot but it blazed over.

In injury time, Saints captain Ian Bermingham was booked for a tough tackle near the corner flag. Adam McDonnell floated in the resulting free-kick which deceived everyone and went straight in the net.

Sligo will now be looking to nick second spot from St Pats who need one point from their remaining two games to guarantee runners up spot.

St Patricks Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros (GK) ; Ian Bermingham ©, Lee Desmond, Paddy Barrett (Jason McClelland) Jak Hickman (Sam Bone); Jamie Lennon (Nahum Melvin Lambert), Chris Forrester, Alfie Lewis (Billy King), Robbie Benson, Darragh Burns; Ronan Coughlan (Matty Smith)

Subs not used: Josh Keeley (GK), Shane Griffin, James Abankwah,, Kyrian Nwoko,

Booked: Ian Bermingham

Sligo Rovers: Edward McGinty; Lewis Banks, Robert McCourt, John Mahon, Garry Buckley; Greg Bolger © (Niall Morahan) Adam Mcdonnell, Mark Byrne (Colm Horgan); Johnny Kenny (Romeo Parkes), Andre Wright, Ryan De Vries (Walter Figueira)

Subs not used: Richard Brush (GK), Shane Blaney, Seamus Keogh, Darren Collins, Melvyn Lorenzen

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Attendance: 2000 (est)

ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Johnny Kenny


St. Pats
DNov. 1, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Bohs
LNov. 5, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 3 Sligo
DNov. 12, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Harps
DNov. 19, 2021
Waterford 0 - 0 St. Pats
DNov. 28, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 St. Pats
Vitezslav Jaros 1
Goalkeeper
Lee Desmond 5
Defender
© Ian Bermingham 3
Booked: 90'
Defender
Paddy Barrett 29
82'
82Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 82'
Defender
Jak Hickman
66'
66Subbed Off: Sam Bone 66'
Defender
Chris Forrester 8
Midfielder
Darragh Burns 17
Midfielder
Robbie Benson 7
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon 6
66'
66Subbed Off: Nahum Melvin-Lambert 66'
Midfielder
Alfie Lewis
46'
46Subbed Off: Billy King 46'
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan 10
46'
46Subbed Off: Matty Smith 46'
Forward

Substitutes
Shane Griffin 20
Defender
Sam Bone 4
66'
66Subbed On: Jak Hickman 66'
Defender
James Abankwah
Defender
Josh Keeley 25
Goalkeeper
Billy King 15
46'
46Subbed On: Alfie Lewis 46'
Midfield
Jason McClelland 16
82'
82Subbed On: Paddy Barrett 82'
Midfield
Nahum Melvin-Lambert 9
66'
66Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 66'
Forward
Kyrian Nwoko
Forward
Matty Smith 12
46'
46Subbed On: Rónán Coughlan 46'
Booked: 80'
Forward
Sligo
WOct. 29, 2021
Sligo 2 - 0 Drogheda
WNov. 1, 2021
Sligo 1 - 0 Longford
WNov. 5, 2021
St. Pats 0 - 3 Sligo
LNov. 12, 2021
Derry 2 - 0 Sligo
DNov. 19, 2021
Sligo 1 - 1 Bohs
1 Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
5 Robbie McCourt
Defender
21 John Mahon
Defender
26 Garry Buckley
Defender
2 Lewis Banks
Defender
Adam McDonnell
Midfielder
Scored: 90'
12 Mark Byrne
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: Colm Horgan 79'
6 Greg Bolger
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: Niall Morahan 70'
Andre Wright
Forward
24 Johnny Kenny
Forward
Scored: 43'
79'
79Subbed Off: Romeo Parkes 79'
9 Ryan De Vries
Forward
Scored: 11'
87'
87Subbed Off: Walter Figueira 87'

Substitutes
27 Romeo Parkes
Forward 79'
79Subbed On: Johnny Kenny 79'
8 Niall Morahan
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Greg Bolger 70'
Seamas Keogh
Midfield
3 Colm Horgan
Defender 79'
79Subbed On: Mark Byrne 79'
10 Walter Figueira
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Ryan De Vries 87'
20 Darren Collins
Forward
30 Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
14 Shane Blaney
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 5, 2021

Venue: Richmond Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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