Saturday 20 January 2018

Rogers hero and villain for Saints

ibv Vestm'jar 1 , St Patrick's Ath 0, europa league

Having given away a needless penalty, Gary Rogers can still reflect this morning that his main attributes as a goalkeeper have surely kept St Patrick's in Europe.

Rogers recklessly hauled down ex-Iceland international Tryggvi Gudmundsson five minutes into the second half for IBV captain Andri Olafsson to calmly send the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot for the only goal of this first leg

Rogers, though, quickly redeemed himself with two terrific saves inside a minute. First Denis Sytnik's curling effort from 20 yards looked destined for the far top corner before Rogers clawed it away one-handed.

The danger remained from the corner which wasn't properly cleared and Ugandan Tonny Mawejje's stinging shot was turned out by Rogers at full stretch again for IBV's ninth corner of the match.

St Patrick's pressed hard for much of the remainder of the game and did enough to have at least got an equaliser most notably four minutes from time when sub Anto Murphy's header from a Stephen Bradley corner was headed off the line by Mawejje.


Then, right on 90 minutes, defender Brian Shortall headed wide after IBV failed to clear Murphy's long throw.

Though they certainly looked unsure of themselves in defence, IBV were a threat at the other end, forcing six corners to nil in the first half.

Veteran 42-times capped striker Tryggvi Gudmundsson, as expected, signalled that intent when getting in behind on 11 minutes to cross. Derek Pender defended well to clear with Sytnik lurked behind.

That raised the home side's confidence and they caught St Patrick's square on 18 minutes with the first really clear chance of the match.

Central defender Rasmus Steenberg Christiansen's long diagonal ball was perfectly weighted to drop between Shortall and left-back Ian Bermingham. St Patrick's were thankful right-back Kelvin Mellor's finish was shocking as he sliced wide with only Rogers to beat.

A foul on Daryl Kavanagh by Finnur Olafsson relieved that bout of IBV pressure on the Pat's goal with captain Bradley's direct free-kick bringing the opening save of the night from Albert Saevarsson, even if it looked to be going wide.

Saeversson had a more comfortable stop from Danny North's first sight of goal on 35 minutes after Bradley went route one with a ball over the top.

A minute later the Saints ought to have been ahead with the chance of the first half.

Bradley's delightful chip put Kavanagh in on goal. But perhaps not realising the time and space he had, the finish lacked composure as the volley was over.

St Patrick's then had some defending to do with Christiansen's shot deflected wide, while Rogers gathered well from Christiansen's flick following Gudmundsson's resultant corner.

IBV were exposing worrying cracks in the visitors' defence now and Rogers had to get down well to his left to hold a drive from Sytnik after Mawejje set him up.

The game then turned within a minute early in the second half.

A mistake by Eidur Sigurbjornsson gave Kavanagh a run on goal. Stretching, he toed narrowly wide.

Seconds later at the other end, Rogers was adjudged to have taken down Gudmundsson and Danish referee Michael Svendsen gave the penalty.

"We had enough chances to have got an away goal. We should have at least got one or two," reflected St Patrick's manager Pete Mahon.

"The goal we gave away was comical, so I'm bitterly disappointed. But having said that we created chances and I believe we'll definitely take them at home."

IBV -- Saevarsson; Mellor, Sigurbjornsson, Christiansen, Garner; Mawejje, F Olafsson, Vladimarsson; Sytnik (Thorarinsson, 73), A. Olafsson (Hughes 78), Gudmundsson (Borgthorsson 85).

St Patrick's Athletic -- Rogers; Pender, E McMillan, Shortall, Bermingham; Bradley, Crowley (McFaul 61), Mulcahy (Murphy 84); Kavanagh, North (Daly 75), Doyle.

Ref -- MSvendsen (Denmark).

Irish Independent

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