Match Info

Date: 19/05/2017
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin)

St Patrick's Athletic - Sligo Rovers

Michael Leahy earned Sligo Rovers a fully deserved point with a late equaliser as they came from behind against St Patrick's in a highly competitive SSE Airtricity League clash at Richmond Park.

Trailing to Christy Fagan's first-half opener, Sligo hit back on 81 minutes.

Liam Martin initially cracked a shot off the crossbar before Saints' goalKeeper Conor O'Malley made an amazing save to deprive Rovers' skipper John Russell's follow-up.

But from the resulting corner, taken by Regan Donelon, central defender Leahy rose to power home a header to give the Bit o' Red no more than they warranted.

Unbeaten in three games, it was no surprise St Pat's were unchanged from last week's encouraging 2-0 win over Drogheda United at the same venue.

New Sligo boss Gerard Lyttle made two changes with Mikey Place coming in for his first start of the league campaign along with Chris Kenny as he rejigged in the absence of Tobi Adebayo-Rowling while Raff Cretaro dropped to the bench.

St. Pat's carved a chance inside the opening minute when Kurtis Byrne burst through on goal, but the winger, who'd scored in his previous three games, scuffed the shot straight at Micheal Schlingermann.

Byrne then gifted the ball to Sligo's Jonah Ayunga from a misplaced pass seven minutes later. Ayunga bore down on goal but O'Malley was off his line quickly to make a brave save at the striker's feet.

Sligo wasted another excellent chance in the 14th minute. Place worked a one-two with Kieran Sadlier on the right only to slice wide from the resultant cross.

The visitors maintained the pressure as Lee Desmond had to clear off the St Pat's line from Ayunga following a goalmouth scramble. Sadlier then had a follow-up shot deflected for a corner.

Having looked the better side, Sligo were punished for poor defending as they fell behind on 32 minutes. St. Pat's skipper Ian Bermingham whipped in a cross from the left and Fagan came alive to plant his glancing header into the far corner of the net for his second goal of the season.

As they did the first, Sligo started the second half on the front foot with O'Malley there for St Pat's with a diving save to turn Sadlier's drive out for an early corner.

And the impressive Sadlier wasn't far off target on the hour mark when skilfully making room to get in a shot that was wide of O'Malley's left-hand post.

St Pat's worked their way back into the game and might have doubled their lead on 68 minutes.

Conan Byrne timed his run in behind the Sligo rearguard to perfection onto namesake Kurtis' pass. But Micheal Schlingermann narrowed the angle well to make a big save.

A mistake by Saints' Rory Feely presented Sligo with a terrific chance to level on 77 minutes. Sadlier robbed the home defender to run clear, cut back across the retreating Feely only to shoot into the sidenetting.

Sligo then had an escape at the other end a minute later as Donelon somehow cleared off the line from Conan Byrne before Sligo got just reward.

© rte.ie


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
May, 12th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United0REPORT
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT
April, 17th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Bray Wanderers0REPORT
April, 7th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Limerick2REPORT
April, 4th 2017LeagueCupSt Patrick's Athletic1Bluebell United0REPORT
March, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
March, 13th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Finn Harps2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
May, 12th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United0REPORT
May, 5th 2017LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 1st 2017LeagueCupCork City2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 28th 2017LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
March, 10th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 27th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers0REPORT
July, 9th 2016LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 8th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
October, 23rd 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers2REPORT
July, 24th 2015LeagueSligo Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
April, 24th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Sligo Rovers0REPORT
October, 24th 2014LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
August, 1st 2014LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
May, 22nd 2017LeagueFinn Harps3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 19th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Sligo Rovers1REPORT
May, 12th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Drogheda United0REPORT
May, 5th 2017LeagueBray Wanderers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
April, 28th 2017LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
April, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Cork City3REPORT