Monday 22 January 2018

Pats and Sligo draw a blank at Richmond Park

St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile

Barry Lennon

A GOALESS draw at home to Sligo Rovers tonight 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.

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.

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