Thursday 29 September 2016

O'Malley heroics thwart Rovers as Pat's hold on

Shamrock Rovers 0 - St Patrick's Ath 0

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

Mark Timlin of St Patricks Athletic in action against David Webster of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Mark Timlin of St Patricks Athletic in action against David Webster of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Graham Kelly of St Patricks Athletic in action against Patrick Cregg of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Billy Dennehy of St Patricks Athletic in action against Stephen McPhail, right, and David Webster of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Heaney of Shamrock Rovers in action against Billy Dennehy of St Patricks Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile
Dean Clarke of Shamrock Rovers in action against Michael Barker of St Patricks Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor O'Malley produced a man-of-the-match display to earn St Patrick's a point with an exemplary show of goalkeeping in this Dublin derby at Tallaght Stadium.

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A stunning late stop from Rovers' substitute keeper Barry Murphy denied St Pat's a winner they scarcely would have deserved.

Though they'd won on their previous two visits this season, St Pat's arrived in Tallaght off a damaging home defeat to Bohemians and without suspended striker Christy Fagan.

Pat's blew a glorious chance when Michael Barker set up Graham Kelly, who contrived to side-foot over the crossbar with the goal gaping.

The hosts then got on top, and O'Malley had to be alert to tip Sean Boyd's header from a Simon Madden cross onto the bar and out for a corner.

O'Malley soon excelled again, getting a good hand to Patrick Cregg's shot after the midfielder worked a one-two with Boyd.

Well on top, Rovers carved another fine chance on 61 minutes. Gary McCabe delightfully touched down a diagonal ball from Dave Webster into the path of skipper Stephen McPhail, whose low shot was brilliantly saved by O'Malley.

But it was Rovers who then needed rescuing with a remarkable save on 81 minutes. Kelly found space on the edge of the area to shoot, and Murphy brilliantly touched his rising left-foot shot over his bar.

Shamrock Rovers - Hyland (Murphy 13); Heaney, Cornwall, Webster; Madden Cregg (Miele 70), McPhail, McCabe, T Clarke; D. Clarke (Shaw 78), Boyd.

St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; Barker, Feely, D Dennehy (O'Brien 49), Bermingham; Kelly, Desmond; Byrne, Timlin, B Dennehy (Kinsella 70); Corcoran (McGrath 78).

Ref - N Doyle (Dublin)

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