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FT with Penos

Rory Feely 117' -
Scored: 117'


Dawson Devoy 121' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'


Conor Levingston 123' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 123'


Stephen Mallon 125' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 125'


Tyreke Wilson 127' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 127'


Keith Ward 129' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 129'


Scored: 115'
- Chris Forrester 115'

Shootout Peno Scored: 122'
- Rónán Coughlan 122'

Shootout Peno Scored: 124'
- Billy King 124'

Shootout Peno Missed: 126'
- Chris Forrester 126'

Shootout Peno Scored: 128'
- Jason McClelland 128'

Shootout Peno Scored: 130'
- Robbie Benson 130'


FAI Cup Final Report: Bohemians 1 – 1 St. Patrick’s Athletic (St. Pat’s win 4-3 on penos AET)

Sun, Nov 28 2021

Chris Forrester celebrating his cup final goal Credit: Conor Ryan

Cahal Mc Auley reports from the Aviva Stadium

St. Patrick’s Athletic claimed the FAI Cup after beating Bohemians on penalties in a tight encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

An extra-time opener for the Saints by Chris Forrester was cancelled out by a Rory Feely feeder, sending the game to penalties.

Robbie Benson scored the decisive spot kick to send the trophy back to Inchicore after Tyreke Wilson and Keith Ward both missed for Bohs.

Over 37,126 fans were in attendance to see the showpiece of the Irish domestic football calendar creating an electric atmosphere with chants and pyrotechnics in the minutes before kickoff. It was the biggest crowd for an Aviva cup  final breaking the record from 2010.

Both sides started cautiously with the opening stages of the game being bogged down in the middle third of pitch.

Ross Tierney and Ian Bermingham had half chances in the early minutes for their respective sides, but both teams struggled to hold on to possession.

Pats finally managed to get behind the Bohs’ defensive line after 20 minutes as Darragh Burns played in the overlapping Sam Bone with a chipped through ball. However James Talbot was off his line quickly to make the save from the Saints full back.

Georgie Kelly responded straight away with a shot of his own that hit the side netting but the Athletic were gradually able to get themselves on the front foot.

Chris Forrester had a chance to direct a header into an empty net as Talbot mistimed his punch from a corner, but the Pats man couldn’t keep his effort down as it flew harmlessly over the bar.

Bohs dropped back to soak up the increasing pressure that Pats were putting on their backline and began to play on the counterattack. Liam Burt broke forward on a mazy run, trying to catch out Vitezslav Jaros with an ambitious chip, but his effort sailed well over the crossbar.

The Saints pushed harder for the opening goal after the half hour mark, playing the best football of the evening so far in the process.

Some intricate passing between Benson and Jamie Lennon put the latter through on goal, but Talbot got a strong hand on the ball and cleared it from danger.

Benson was involved again shortly after, this time pulling it back to Forrester who drew a more straightforward save from Talbot.

Bohs gave their opponents a reminder of the threat they posed just before the interval as a long kick out from Talbot bounced over Lee Desmond and straight to the feet of Kelly. However Paddy Barrett was able to do just enough to deny the striker as the sides went in level after a very cagey first half.

The standard didn’t improve after the break with chances being even scarcer than they had in the first half.

Quality in the final third was markedly absent from both sides as they struggled to create openings in their opponents defence.

It was Bohs who created the only clear chance of the half on the hour mark as a swift counterattack led to the ball falling at the feet of Ali Coote inside the box, but a brilliant last ditch block by Bermingham stopped him getting a shot on goal while Kelly had a rebounded effort saved by Jaros.

Kelly had had looked the most likely to create something for Bohs all evening, but disaster struck as their top scorer was forced off through injury after 62 minutes.

The forward had held up the play and acted as a focal point all game, but without his presence, Bohs found it difficult to get the ball up the pitch and out of their own half as Pats got on the front foot.

Despite the lack of action on the field, the atmosphere in ground rose to fever pitch as both sets of fans tried their utmost to transfer some energy to their players.

Burns and Bohemians sub Promise Omochere almost managed to connect properly with dangerous crosses along the six-yard box, but couldn’t stretch far enough as the cup final trundled towards extra-time.

The game opened up slightly in the beginning of the extra period as Rory Feely played in Tierney, but a combination of Desmond and sub James Abankwah prevented Bohs from taking the lead.

Pats responded with a chance of their own just before half-time in extra-time, with Ronan Coughlan playing himself in with a one two with Billy King, but Talbot was alert to the danger despite not having had a save to make since the first half.

The first 105 minutes of the cup final hadn’t offered too much in the way of excitement, but this all changed as the game finally exploded into life in stoppage time in the first half of extra-time.

Forrester picked up the ball inside his own half as the Saints broke forward with four attackers against three Bohs defenders. However, Forrester didn’t need the support as he took on the shot, rolling it past Talbot and sending the Pat’s fans into raptures as their side went in a goal to the good at the break.

They didn’t have much time to enjoy their lead as Bohs hit back in the first minute of the second period of extra-time.

Substitute Feely rose highest to power a flick on header past Jaros, picking a timely moment to score his first goal for the club and quickly restore parity.

Bohemians were buoyed by levelling so quickly after going a goal down and looked the more dangerous side in the last few minutes with Tierney almost scoring the winner on two occasions.

The Bohs forward timed a run across Desmond, but Jaros was able to save from an acute angle. The Czech ‘keeper then pulled off a string of saves to keep his side in the game, denying Tierney again after he got a head on a Stephen Mallon cross.

Bohs looked sure to have scored the decisive goal in the last minute of extra-time as an acrobatic save from Jaros was headed back towards goal by Feely, but Jak Hickman made a crucial goal line clearance to send the final to penalties.

Pats won the toss meaning the penalties would be taken in front of their own fans as Bohs took the first spot kick.

Perfect penalties from Dawson Devoy and Conor Levingston were matched by equally accurate efforts from Coughlan and King for Pats.

Mallon stepped up for Bohs to give them a 3-2 lead with Talbot subsequently gaining the advantage for his side as he saved Forrester’s penalty.

The north Dublin side weren’t able to hold on to the lead for long however, as Tyreke Wilson shot wide and Ben McClelland made no mistake in making it 3-3 after four penalties each.

Keith Ward missed the vital penalty, striking the bar leaving it up to Robbie Benson who fired past Talbot to win the FAI Cup for Pats.

Neither side performed at their best, but the final was a hard-fought contest nonetheless with Pats doing just enough to make sure of their fourth FAI Cup win and first since 2014.

Bohs will have to wait for their eighth cup win and also miss out on European football next year.

Pats end the season in second place, as cup champions and in the qualifiers for the UEFA Europa Conference League next year as the curtain comes down on another season of domestic football in Ireland.

Bohemians: James Talbot; Andy Lyons,  Rob Cornwall, Ciaran Kelly (Rory Feely 76), Tyreke Wilson; Keith Buckley (Conor Levingston 106), Dawson Devoy, Ross Tierney; Ali Coote (Stephen Mallon 86), Liam Burt (Keith Ward 103), Georgie Kelly (Promise Omochere 62).
St Patrick's Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; Sam Bone, Paddy Barrett (James Abankwah 82), Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham; Jamie Lennon (Billy King 61), Alfie Lewis (Rónán Coughlan 97), Chris Forrester; Darragh Burns, Matty Smith (Jay McClelland 76), Robbie Benson.
Referee: Rob Hennessy

Bohemians
WMay 20, 2022
Bohs 2 - 1 Sligo
LMay 23, 2022
St. Pats 3 - 0 Bohs
DMay 27, 2022
Bohs 1 - 1 Drogheda
WJune 17, 2022
Bohs 1 - 0 Shels
LJune 24, 2022
Shamrock R 1 - 0 Bohs
James Talbot 1
Goalkeeper
Tyreke Wilson 3
Shootout Peno Missed: 127'
Defender
Andy Lyons 2
Defender
Ciaran Kelly 5
74'
74Subbed Off: Rory Feely 74'
Defender
Rob Cornwall 5
Defender
Ross Tierney 26
Midfielder
Dawson Devoy 10
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
Midfielder
Ali Coote 8
85'
85Subbed Off: Stephen Mallon 85'
Midfielder
Liam Burt 11
113'
113Subbed Off: Keith Ward 113'
Midfielder
© Keith Buckley 16
116'
116Subbed Off: Conor Levingston 116'
116'
116Subbed Off: Conor Levingston 116'
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly 12
61'
61Subbed Off: Promise Omochere 61'
Forward

Substitutes
Keith Ward 10
113'
113Subbed On: Liam Burt 113'
Shootout Peno Missed: 129'
Midfield
Promise Omochere 20
61'
61Subbed On: Georgie Kelly 61'
Midfield
Jamie Mullins 22
Midfield
Stephen McGuinness 25
Goalkeeper
Stephen Mallon 7
85'
85Subbed On: Ali Coote 85'
Shootout Peno Scored: 125'
Midfield
Conor Levingston 14
116'
116Subbed On: Keith Buckley 116'
116'
116Subbed On: Keith Buckley 116'
Shootout Peno Scored: 123'
Midfield
James Finnerty 18
Defender
Rory Feely 4
74'
74Subbed On: Ciaran Kelly 74'
Scored: 117'
Midfield
Anto Breslin 3
Defender
St. Pats
WMay 23, 2022
St. Pats 3 - 0 Bohs
LMay 27, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 St. Pats
WJune 17, 2022
St. Pats 2 - 1 UCD
DJune 24, 2022
Harps 2 - 2 St. Pats
LJune 27, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shamrock R
1 Vitezslav Jaros
Goalkeeper
5 Lee Desmond
Defender
Booked: 100'
4 Sam Bone
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: Jak Hickman 90'
3 Ian Bermingham ©
Defender
29 Paddy Barrett
Defender 81'
81Subbed Off: James Abankwah 81'
Alfie Lewis
Midfielder 97'
97Subbed Off: Rónán Coughlan 97'
6 Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
60Subbed Off: Billy King 60'
8 Chris Forrester
Midfielder
Scored: 115'
Shootout Peno Missed: 126'
17 Darragh Burns
Midfielder
Booked: 38'
7 Robbie Benson
Midfielder
Shootout Peno Scored: 130'
12 Matty Smith
Forward 75'
75Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 75'

Substitutes
Kyrian Nwoko
Forward
21 Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
9 Nahum Melvin-Lambert
Forward
11 Jason McClelland
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Matty Smith 75'
Shootout Peno Scored: 128'
15 Billy King
Midfield 60'
60Subbed Off: Jamie Lennon 60'
60'
60Subbed On: Jamie Lennon 60'
Shootout Peno Scored: 124'
Jak Hickman
Defender 90'
90Subbed On: Sam Bone 90'
20 Shane Griffin
Defender
10 Rónán Coughlan
Forward 97'
97Subbed On: Alfie Lewis 97'
Shootout Peno Scored: 122'
20 James Abankwah
Defender 81'
81Subbed On: Paddy Barrett 81'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup Final

Date: 4 p.m. Nov. 28, 2021

Venue: Lansdowne Road

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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