- Friday March 17th, 2023 @ 19:30
Result: Rovers 2 - Saints 2
Champions Shamrock Rovers' wait for their first win of the season continues as St Pat's left it late to earn a huge point thanks to a Jake Mulraney strike two minutes from time.
A sold-out crowd were treated to a thrilling Dublin derby in which both sides found themselves in the bottom three prior to kick-off, desperately looking to get their seasons going.
And it was the three-in-a-row Hoops who made a rip-roaring start to proceedings, getting in front after just 20 minutes.
Richie Towell, having been teed up cleverly by Rory Gaffney, swept home sweetly from outside the area and in a touching moment amidst the celebrations, held his black arm band aloft while looking for teammate Aaron Greene, who sadly lost his mother this week.
Having had a couple of half chances just before the goal, the Saints responded brilliantly and really should have got level minutes later. Vladislav Kreida's free-kick from deep on the right hand side found Joe Redmond unmarked at the back post but the skipper saw his header back across goal drift agonisingly wide of the far post.
Five minutes before the break the visitors, growing in belief, got themselves back on level terms.
Eoin Doyle reacted sharply to take advantage of a sloppy Sean Hoare touch in the area, inviting the centre-half to clip the lively frontman.
Penalty - with Doyle dusting himself down to calmly send Alan Mannus the wrong way from 12 yards.
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