Match Info

Date: 26/05/2017
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

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St Patrick's Athletic - Dundalk

Michael Duffy's stunning free-kick set Dundalk on their way to a comfortable win against St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.

The former Celtic winger left Conor O'Malley helpless with a beautifully hit effort in the 21st minute that gave Stephen Kenny's side a well-deserved lead at the break.

Pat's huffed and puffed without ever really looking like they would get back into it and David McMillan secured the win for the reigning champions in the 68th minute.

Dundalk remain 15 points adrift of leaders Cork City, who they meet at Oriel Park next Friday night, but this result leaves Pat's sitting bottom of the table and mired in relegation trouble.

Inchicore basked in warm sunshine at kick off and the opening was just as bright with JJ Lunney flashing a drive wide from the edge of the Dundalk penalty area early on.

Dundalk tested O'Malley for the first time in the 13th minute when captain Stephen O'Donnell cut in on his left foot to curl a tame effort at the goalkeeper.

The visitors hit the front eight minutes later as Pat's backed themselves into a corner by needlessly giving up possession outside their penalty area.

Gavin Peers hauled David McMillan to the ground and Duffy stepped up to bend a spectacular free-kick past the helpless O'Malley.

Kenny's side took complete control after that as they went in search of a second and Duffy rifled a low drive at O'Malley after a good break by O'Donnell into the Saints' penalty area.

The young Pat's goalkeeper then made two fine saves in quick succession, blocking initially from Patrick McEleney after the Derryman danced his way into the penalty area.

The second was even better, the incoming O'Donnell, who raided forward at every opportunity, seeing his goalbound effort kept out by O'Malley's legs.

Pat's struggled to get a foothold but their fans were given some encouragement before the break when Darragh Markey fired straight at Gary Rogers following a well-worked move.

The hosts opened the second half on the front foot by pinning Dundalk back and Gary Rogers had to deal with a deflected Kurtis Byrne volley in the 48th minute.

O'Donnell limped off three minutes later but Dundalk regained their momentum and McEleney sent a fizzing drive just wide of the target.

O'Malley then gathered a McMillan attempt on the hour mark after Ian Bermingham - making his 300th appearance for Pat's - failed to deal with a crossfield ball by McEleney.

Dundalk needed a second to give themselves some breathing space and it arrived in the 68th minute when McMillan turned cleverly on the edge of the penalty area before finding the bottom corner.

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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
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
March, 18th 2017LeagueDundalk3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
October, 25th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Dundalk2REPORT
June, 24th 2016LeagueDundalk2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 18th 2016LeagueCupDundalk0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 24th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk4REPORT
September, 22nd 2015LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk1REPORT
August, 17th 2015LeagueDundalk4St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 22nd 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
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