St Patrick's Athletic take pole position in the Airtricity Premier
Division after a clinical win over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght
Stadium. A blustery wind in Dublin 24 made the chance to play smooth
free flowing football very slim. Goal kicks and clearances into the
car park end barely made it 15 yards outside the box such were the
Two goals in three second half minutes secured the win for Pete
Mahon’s side who claim bragging rights in South Dublin. Ian Bermingham
opened the scoring just before the hour mark. James Chambers brought
down Dave Mulcahy and the former Rovers full back sent in a curling
cross that alluded the Rovers defence and crept in at the far post
past Alan Mannus.
The visitors doubled their lead via a free kick from an almost
identical position. Damien Lynch crossed and Vincent Faherty was on
hand with a free header from close range.
The strong swirling wind helped the home side in the first half as
they dominated the opening exchanges. Chambers should have opened the
scoring after fifteen minutes but with just Rogers between him and
goal he blasted wide.
Moments later a long throw from Stephen Rice caused panic in the Pats
defence as Gary Rogers left his line to collect but got nowhere near
the ball. A Pats head flicked it over the former Galway keeper and
Lynch was required to clear it from under his own cross bar. From the
resulting corner Rogers redeemed himself somewhat with a flying save
from Craig Sives powerful header.
Rovers 4-3-3 formation was working a treat as they dominated
possession and controlled the flow of play, but their wasteful
finishing meant they went in at the break on level terms.
Stephen Bradley tried to spark the home side to life early in the
second half. Bradley evaded a couple of challenges and had a go with a
long range effort, but it was always rising and ended up high and wide.
Rovers have now taken just one point from a possible six. They may
have dominated for extended periods, but their current lack of forward
options leaves them toothless in front of goal. Pats have maximum
points from their opening two games and appear a more galvanised unit
than they ever did last season.
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Pat Flynn, Craig Sives, Dan Murray,
Danny Murphy; Stephen Rice (Robert Bayly 68), Stephen Bradley (Ollie
Cahill 63), James Chambers, Paddy Kavanagh, (Sean O’Connor 75), Billy
Dennehy; Graham Barrett. Subs not used: Enda Stevens, Robert Hughes Booked: James Chambers 79 St Pats: Gary Rogers; Damien Lynch, Ian Bermingham, Connor Kenna,
Shane Guthrie; David Mulcahy, Stuart Byrne, David McAllister, Ryan Guy; Vincent
Faherty, Alex Williams (Paul Byrne 90) Subs not used: Daniel Connor, Derek Pender, Connor Synott, Garett Coughlan