Match Info

Date: 13/03/2017
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin)

St Patrick's Athletic - Finn Harps

Goals from Sean Houston and Ciaran O'Connor saw Finn Harps' come from behind at Richmond Park to lift themselves three points clear of the relegation places with a first victory of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.

A third defeat from four games means St Pat's remain in the bottom three as their search for a first win of the campaign continues.

The home side did start much the better, though, gratefully availing of some poor play by Harps to snatch a soft lead goal after just three minutes.

Caolan McAleer and then Jonny Bonner in turn lost possession to allow Saints' midfielder Graham Kelly a free run thorough on goal and he calmly shot the ball past Ciaran Gallagher.

Some frantic Harps defending was needed to prevent that lead being extended on 14 minutes; Gareth Harkin hacking clear a dangerous Billy Dennehy cross after he'd worked a one-two down the left with skipper Ian Bermingham.

But Harps were level from their first attack of note on 19 minutes.

Gavin Peers' headed clearance from a ball in from the right was controlled by Sean Houston before the midfielder drilled his shot low to the corner of the net for a composed finish.

St Pat's almost restored their lead within two minutes. Dennehy's free kick in from the left found Peers unmarked in the area. His shot came back off the crossbar with Kelly shooting the rebound wide.

Harps were well in the game, though, and Michael Barker had to bravely put his body on the line to block Houston's goal-bound drive on 31 minutes after Bermingham carelessly gave the ball away in midfield.

In an open game now, St Pat's threatened on 39 minutes with Conan Byrne just failing to get on the end of JJ Lunney's inviting low cross from the right flank.

But it would be another defensive mistake that brought a third goal with Harps snatching the lead a minute before the interval.

Barker was easily dispossessed by McAleer on the left and the winger ran on to square the ball for striker O'Connor to score with a simple tap in for his third goal of the season

A guilt-edged opportunity to level was spurned by St Pat's inside a minute of the restart. Josh O'Hanlon put Kelly clean through on goal, but the midfielder sliced tamely wide.

St Pat's introduced Kurtis Byrne and then Christy Fagan as they chased the game. But chances remained few and far between as Harps dug in to defend their lead.

Fagan did have a half chance on 70 minutes, but his shot on the turn was well blocked by Killian Cantwell.

The St Pat's striker was then not too far off target with a downward header from Byrne's right flank cross two minutes later as the home side pressed for an equaliser that ever arrived.


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
October, 20th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Cork City2REPORT
October, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick2REPORT
September, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
August, 28th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Shelbourne1REPORT
August, 25th 2017FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Galway United2REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 8th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic2Firhouse Clover1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 5th 2017FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic1Hearts0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
October, 20th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Cork City2REPORT
October, 13th 2017LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick2REPORT
September, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
September, 22nd 2017LeagueBohemians3St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 28th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Shelbourne1REPORT
August, 25th 2017FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Galway United2REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 13th 2017FaiCupPortmarnock0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 13th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps2REPORT
October, 11th 2016LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 17th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
April, 11th 2016LeagueFinn Harps1St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
October, 5th 2014FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic6Finn Harps1REPORT
October, 3rd 2008LeagueFinn Harps0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 6th 2008LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Finn Harps1REPORT
April, 11th 2008LeagueFinn Harps0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
October, 20th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Cork City2REPORT
October, 13th 2017LeagueGalway United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Limerick2REPORT
September, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
September, 22nd 2017LeagueBohemians3St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 5th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 28th 2017LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT