Match Info

Date: 02/06/2017
Kick-Off: 8:00pm
Competition: League
Venue: Tallaght Stadium

Officials

Referee: Robert Hennessy (Limerick).

Shamrock Rovers - St Patrick's Athletic

Graham Burke went from hero to villain for Shamrock Rovers as he scored, and then was sent off for violent conduct, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by St Patrick's Athletic in Tallaght Stadium.

The former Aston Villa striker had opened the scoring for the Hoops early in the first half before Christy Fagan equalised in spectacular fashion ten minutes after the break.

Both teams had chances to win the game but Rovers sacrificed any chance of climbing above Bray Wanderers into third when Burke was dismissed for a mindless kick on former Hoop Pat Cregg.

The game was typical derby fare to begin with as neither side was prepared to give too much away, and the first shot in anger came in the 11th minute, a tame effort curled wide by Pats' JJ Lunney.

Rory Feely had another chance to give the Saints the lead as he shrugged off Gary Shaw, who was dragging his shirt, to shoot inside the area but Tomer Chencinski was down quickly to save.

And Rovers just as quickly moved up the pitch, countering in numbers, and took the lead through a fine finish from Burke, his fifth of the season.

He capitalised on a mistake from Michael Barker, ignored the shouts of Brandon Miele to square it for a tap-in, and picked out the corner of the net himself.

Saints could have equalised almost immediately as Darragh Markey rode a couple of challenges wide on the right and teed up Lunney, but this time his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Rovers attacked with more vim and purpose with the cushion of a goal and could have doubled their lead had Shaw managed to get his head an extra few inches closer to Miele's cross from the right.

Pats keeper Conor O'Malley has assembled an impressive highlights reel already this season and he added to it with a fine double save from Burke and then Ryan Connolly after Cregg has been booked for a needless tug on Miele's shirt on the edge of the box.

And the Saints should have gone into the break on terms after Lee Desmond intercepted a hospital pass from Chencinski to Connolly and played in Fagan, but with just the keeper to beat he curled his shot badly wide.

Fagan did get his equaliser ten minutes into the second half as Rovers suffered another defensive malfunction and Lunney teed the striker up in plenty of space in the box and he finished emphatically, blasting the ball into the top corner to leave Chencinski helpless.

They very nearly completed the turnaround moments later as Fagan picked out Byrne's run from deep and the winger saw his shot across creep wide of the far post.

Burke was then sent off in farcical circumstances as he ran the ball out for a throw before swinging a wild boot behind Cregg's, missing the midfielder by millimetres.

He was shown a straight red card by referee Robert Hennessy, his second dismissal for the same offence this season, having also walked after scoring against Dundalk on the opening day.

Conan Byrne made an attempt to replicate his wondergoal at Dalymount Park by attempting to lob Chencinski from well inside his own half, but the Canadian keeper was live to it.

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Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
September, 2nd 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 8th 2016LeagueCupShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
March, 18th 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 7th 2015LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 3rd 2015LeagueCupShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
March, 6th 2015LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 23rd 2014ChampionsLeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Legia Warszawa5REPORT
July, 5th 2014LeagueShamrock Rovers2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
August, 9th 2013LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic4REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 13th 2017FaiCupPortmarnock0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 8th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic2Firhouse Clover1REPORT
August, 5th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 28th 2017LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
July, 5th 2017FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic1Hearts0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
March, 25th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
September, 2nd 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 8th 2016LeagueCupShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
June, 3rd 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers2REPORT
March, 18th 2016LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 7th 2015LeagueShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 3rd 2015LeagueCupShamrock Rovers0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 29th 2015FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic2Shamrock Rovers1REPORT
May, 11th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Shamrock Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
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
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
June, 2nd 2017LeagueShamrock Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT