Saturday 20 January 2018

Galway's Ronan Murray strikes late to deny Pat's in dramatic finish

Galway United 1 St Pat’s Athletic 1

Rory Feely of St. Patrick's Athletic
Rory Feely of St. Patrick's Athletic

Ronan Murray scored a last-gasp penalty to deny St Patrick’s Athletic the win after Rory Feely’s first-half strike at Eamonn Deacy Park.

The visitors lost 2-0 against Limerick last time out and needed to bounce back to stay in contention in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

But this draw is a huge blow for Liam Buckley’s side even though they inflicted further misery on Galway United and their manager.

Shane Keegan still hasn’t won a league game as Galway United boss and his side are bottom of the table.

St Pat’s led by the minimum at half-time after centre-half Feely headed their goal in the 40th minute.

They continued to lead right until the 89th minute when Gavin Holohan was fouled in the box, and Murray scored the equaliser.

GALWAY UNITED – Winn; Horgan, Folan, Grace; Shanahan, Byrne (Holohan 65), Melody (Devaney 74), Cawley, Ludden; Murray, Devers (Faherty 42).

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – O’Malley; Bermingham, Feely, Peers, Kelly; Dennehy, A O’Hanlon, Desmond, Cregg, C Byrne (J O’Hanlon 79); K Byrne.

Ref – D Tomney (Dublin)

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