Thursday 19 April 2018

Pat's turn on the style for Trapattoni in derby sizzler


Vinny Faherty of St Patrick's Athletic grabs Mark Quigley, Bohemians, during a heated exchange in their game at Richmond Park last night
Vinny Faherty of St Patrick's Athletic grabs Mark Quigley, Bohemians, during a heated exchange in their game at Richmond Park last night

Neil Ahern

GIOVANNI Trapattoni arrived at Richmond Park a half an hour late and left 20 minutes before time.

Yet, the Ireland boss still witnessed what will certainly be the most exhilarating, full-blooded and heart-pumping 40 minutes of football he is likely experience in his time on Irish soil.

The Italian has always strenuously and, with respect, candidly insisted that this league does not possess the tempo or depth of talent to produce international footballers.

Yet with all the Premier League stars and two World Cup teams on show in the next seven days, none will produce a game as remarkable as this.

This Dublin derby had it all -- controversy, atmosphere, crunching tackles, a thrilling comeback and one absolute pearler of a goal.

Trapattoni missed one of the biggest flash-points in a breathless first half, as Mark Quigley somehow escaped a red card for a bone-crunching challenge on Gareth Coughlan, who was rushed to hospital afterwards with a double fracture of his right leg.

He also missed Bohemians' 11th-minute opener, through Jason Byrne, who raced onto Anto Murphy's through-ball following a poor Gary Rogers clearance before tucking the ball past the 'keeper, who should have stopped a relatively tame strike.

It had been a helter-skelter start and both sides looked well up for it in a repeat of last weekend's Setanta Cup final. But the temperature rose to red-hot after 13 minutes, when Quigley launched into a horror-tackle which left Coughlan writhing on the ground as hell broke loose around him.

Referee Damien Hancock, though, deemed the tackle worthy of only a booking. The home fans were incensed that their former hero stayed on the field, although he was withdrawn by Pat Fenlon minutes later -- presumably for his own safety -- and the atmosphere began to bubble.

Then, the game was turned completely on its head in a hectic three-minute spell. First, Coughlan's replacement Derek Doyle levelled, tapping home when Barry Murphy could only parry Paul Byrne's header.


The 'keeper didn't cover himself in glory and he fared even worse for the next, two minutes later, as he completely misjudged Derek Pender's long free-kick, losing out to Shane Guthrie, who headed goalwards before Byrne slotted in from close-range.

Byrne turned provider just a minute later when his cross wasn't dealt with by the Gypsies defence and Stuart Byrne curled a stunning strike into Murphy's top left-hand corner.

While the second half ebbed and flowed, it didn't quite produce the sparks of the previous 45 minutes as the Saints raced six points clear of the defending champions.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers, Pender, Kenna, Guthrie, Bermingham; Guy, S Byrne (Sinnott 84), Mulcahy, Coughlan (Doyle 13); P Byrne, Faherty (Williams 79).

BOHEMIANS -- B Murphy, Heary, McGuinness, Shelley, Gray (Burke 79); A Murphy, Keegan, Higgins, Brennan; Quigley (Madden 19), Byrne.

REF -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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