Thursday 23 February 2017

Buckley's men fail to find boost before Cup date

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Sligo Rovers 0

Barry Lennon

Achille Campion in action against Sean Hoare Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Achille Campion in action against Sean Hoare Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

A goalless draw at home to Sligo Rovers last night will heap pressure on St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley ahead of Sunday's FAI Cup semi-final with Cork City.

The Saints also missed the opportunity to leapfrog into seventh position which could've seen them kick-start their dismal league campaign on the back of their EA Cup success.

Jamie McGrath in action against Mick Leahy Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Jamie McGrath in action against Mick Leahy Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Apart from the point, the only concession on the night was when referee Graham Kelly forced the home side to wear their away strip (white shirt and red shorts), deeming that their home kit clashed with Sligo's navy and red trim. Pat's applied more pressure at first but failed to cause Sligo goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent, deputising for an injured Micheal Schlingermann, any real problems.

Rovers' Kieran Sadlier had the best chance to light up the scoreboard after 15 minutes; however, captain Ger O'Brien was on hand to clear his goal-bound shot off the line.

Conan Byrne missed one of the better chances for the Saints when he fired over the bar after Nugent left his goal dangerously exposed on the half-hour mark.

After the break, Graham Kelly was gifted the best chance but also fired over and outside the stadium, along with Saints' hopes of a boost ahead of Sunday.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC - Clarke; O'Brien (c), Hoare, D Dennehy (Barker 64), Bermingham; Desmond, Kelly, Byrne, B Dennehy (Timlin 79), McGrath, Fagan (Feely 64).

SLIGO ROVERS - Nugent, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers (Cretaro 66), Leahy, Boylan (Donelan 56), Roddan(c), Keohane, McCann, Martin, Sadlier, Campion.

REF - G Kelly

Irish Independent

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