Pat's 0-0 Rovers - Report
Sligo Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic played out their second draw of the season as both sides produced a scoreless but enthralling stalemate at Richmond Park.
The game resulted in Rovers claiming their fifth point from the Saints this term following a good performance on the banks of the Camac.
Rovers put the Dublin side under some early pressure during a competitive start from both camps.
Darren Dennehy did well to track the run of Pat McCann as he lurked at the far post two minutes in. Dennehy applying the pressure and forcing McCann to mis-hit his first time effort from Kieran Sadlier's cross. While Sadlier was left disappointed moments later when Liam Martin's over-hit pass evaded the run of the former Irish underage international with Sadlier the last man having beaten Pat's offside trap.
Darren Dennehy was first to go close for the Saints on eleven minutes as Buckley's charges settled. The Kerry man got a deft touch to a set piece from brother Billy but was unable to direct the ball inside Ciaran Nugent's back post as the ball drifted to safety.
Sean Hoare was well positioned in front of the Pat's post to deny Sadlier on 16 after Martin and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling combined. Before the unmarked Christy Fagan somehow managed to miss from three yards after Darren Dennehy had knocked his brother's free from the right in to the path of the striker.
Billy Dennehy chipped his effort over Nugent's bar after he was slipped in by Graham Kelly on 22. Rovers' Parisian attacker Achille Campion fired the game's next chance across Brendan Clarke's goalmouth three minutes later as the chances continued to arrive.
Nugent kept his first clean sheet for the Westerners on his second appearance for the club against Cork last weekend. The American was however involved in an almost calamitous mix-up in front of his area on 33. Gavin Peers and Adebayo-Rowling failed to clear possession as Fagan pressurised, before the ball fell to Nugent who could only clear as far as Byrne who then fired over from 25 yards with the Sligo net-minder committed.
The second period produced a similarly pacey start to its predecessor, with Sadlier cutting inside and bringing a two handed save from Clarke on 47. While Martin took too much time to in front of goal, allowing the Pat's rearguard to reorganise and unsettle the Donegal man as he blazed over eleven minutes later.
Ian Bermingham flashed his effort past the far post on 65 as the recent EA Sports Cup winners threatened for the first time in the half.
Sadlier battled past Hoare and Rory Feely before flashing his own effort across the face of the goal on 69, moments before Rovers substitute Raffaele Cretaro saw his curler glide over as he aimed for the top corner.
The Dubliners were offered another wonderful opportunity to open the scoring eleven minutes from time. Captain Ger O'Brien's cross was cut out by Campion who inadvertently played the ball into the path of Kelly, but the midfielder mis-fired from close range.
Indeed it was Kelly once more, in the fourth minute of added time who was again guilty of passing up another glorious chance to capture the points. But Nugent was on hand to produce another smart save with his legs to deny the 24-year-old.
St Patrick's Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O'Brien, Darren Dennehy (Michael Barker 64), Sean Hoare, Ian Bermingham; Conan Byrne, Lee Desmond, Graham Kelly, Billy Dennehy (Mark Timlin 80); Jamie McGrath, Christy Fagan (Rory Feely 64).
Sligo Rovers: Ciaran Nugent; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Gavin Peers (Raffaele Cretaro 68), Mick Leahy, Gary Boylan (Regan Donelon 56); Kieran Sadlier, Pat McCann, Craig Roddan, Jimmy Keohane, Liam Martin; Achille Campion.
Referee: Graham Kelly.