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League Report: Waterford 0 – 0 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Sat, Nov 20 2021

The Blues will face UCD in next week's play-off Credit: Hugh de Paor

Dylan O’Connell reports from the RSC

A scoreless draw on Friday evening between Waterford and St. Patrick’s Athletic has condemned the Blues to this season’s promotion/relegation play-off where they will face UCD.

Waterford – if they were to guarantee their place in the top flight next season – came into the game needing to win and win well, but instead they limped to a 0-0draw in front of a lively crowd at the RSC. 

St. Pats won’t care, they stuck to a game plan with a star studded XI featuring a number of players who will start next week’s FAI Cup final against Bohemians. 

The Saints dominated the game through a close knit pass and move game plan. This involved putting bodies into the centre of the pitch and always putting the ball to the man in space. Lee Desmond often came forward to assist this, with the defender operating between midfield and defence. 

Apart from a Robbie Benson header which glanced off the crossbar, the Athletic failed to create any meaningful chances. 

The Blues resisted this by remaining compact, which cut off the Saints route to goal. Waterford had to be careful with getting forward and they only had two real chances in the first half. The first was blown wide by Niall O’Keeffe and the second was taken by Ronaldo Green, and his shot bobbed inches wide. 

St. Pats had a flurry of chances at the start of the second half. Jason McClelland set up the first when he headed the ball down to  an unmarked Kryain Nwoko and his shot trickled wide. 

The Saints won the kick-out and they stormed up the pitch in numbers. Jamie Lennon led the charge and he nearly finished the move by chipping the ball into the area for Chris Forrester. Just as he went to take a touch, he was swallowed in blue jerseys. The ball was put out for a corner, which St. Pats failed to create anything from. 

At this point in the game, news of Finn Harps’ commanding lead over Longford was well known. This didn’t affect Phoenix Patterson as he poked and probed for a path to goal, and when he got room to shoot, Vitezslav Jaros guessed the direction of the ball and dived lowed to save. 

The Blues finished with two excellent chances with five minutes remaining. The first was from the boot of Jeremie Milambo, which was clawed out by Jaros. A corner was given, which fell to O’Keeffe at point blank range and he poked the ball towards goal, which was forced out by the St. Pats goalkeeper. 

Waterford FC: Brian Murphy; Cameron Evans, Kyle Ferguson, Shane Griffin, Anthony Wordsworth, Junior Quitirna, Niall O’Keeffe, Jeremie Milambo, Ronaldo Green (Jamal Dupree 77), Phoenix Patterson, Eddie Nolan (George Forrest 71). 

Subs not used: Matthew Connor (gk), Paul Martin (gk).

Booked: None.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; Sam Bone, Lee Desmond (Jak Hickman 45), Jamie Lennon (Nahum Melvin Lambert 71), Robbie Benson, Chris Forrester, Kyrian Nwoko (Kian Corbally 71), Jason McClelland, Billy King, Shane Griffin, James Abankwah (Ronan Coughlan 45).

Subs not used: Barry Murphy (gk), Josh Keely, Mattie Smith, Darragh Burns, Sam Curtis. 

Referee: Ben Connolly 

Extratime Plater of the Match: Robbie Benson (St. Patrick’s Athletic)

Attendance: 2,612

DNov. 2, 2021
Waterford 2 - 2 Derry
LNov. 5, 2021
Waterford 1 - 3 Shamrock R
DNov. 13, 2021
Longford 1 - 1 Waterford
DNov. 19, 2021
Waterford 0 - 0 St. Pats
LNov. 26, 2021
Waterford 1 - 2 UCD
Brian Murphy 1
Kyle Ferguson 6
Cameron Evans 3
Jeremie Milambo 15
Eddie Nolan 46
71Subbed Off: George Forrest 71'
Shane Griffin 7
© Niall O'Keeffe 14
Junior Quitirna 11
Ronaldo Romario Green
Anthony Wordsworth 8
Phoenix Patterson 44

Jamal Dupree
Matthew Connor 13
George Forrest 5
71Subbed On: Eddie Nolan 71'
Paul Martin 30
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
1 Vitezslav Jaros
20 Shane Griffin
5 Lee Desmond
Defender 45'
45Subbed Off: Jak Hickman 45'
4 Sam Bone
James Abankwah
Defender 45'
45Subbed Off: Rónán Coughlan 45'
16 Jason McClelland
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: Nahum Melvin-Lambert 71'
15 Billy King
8 Chris Forrester
7 Robbie Benson ©
Kyrian Nwoko
Forward 71'
71Subbed Off: Kian Corbally 71'

21 Barry Murphy
9 Nahum Melvin-Lambert
Forward 71'
71Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 71'
25 Josh Keeley
Jak Hickman
Defender 45'
45Subbed On: Lee Desmond 45'
Booked: 55'
Sam Curtis
10 Rónán Coughlan
Forward 45'
45Subbed On: James Abankwah 45'
31 Kian Corbally
Midfield 71'
71Subbed On: Kyrian Nwoko 71'
17 Darragh Burns
12 Matty Smith


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2021

Venue: RSC

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown