Lilywhites Held By Pat’s
Dundalk returned to SSE Airtricity League action on Friday with a 1-1 draw against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Patrick Hoban gave us the lead in the 24th minute with a nice finish however Robbie Benson equalised a minute later.
It was a slow start to the game with both sides taking time to get used to the new atmosphere in the ground and after a flurry of corners, Michael Duffy had a shot charged down by Jamie Lennon on the edge of the area.
Jordan Gibson had a snapshot for Pat’s go over the bar but that was the closest either side came in the opening 20 minutes.
The Lilywhites did take the lead when Stefan Colovic capitalised on a mistake at the back from Luke McNally, he took a touch out of his feet and squared it brilliantly for the waiting Patrick Hoban and he brilliantly slotted to the net from 8 yards.
The lead would last only a matter of seconds though as at the other end, Shane Griffin’s cross from the left was tapped in at the near post by former Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson giving Gary Rogers no chance.
Pat’s took on the initiative and had two chances to go in front when Dan Ward took it around Gary Rogers but struck the post. The rebound was followed up by David Titov however his was cleared off the line by Cleary.
It was Dundalk’s turn then to come close when Colovic showed some wonderful trickery before playing a wonderful ball in behind to Duffy but his volley was inches wide of the post with Clarke beaten.
Dundalk got on top after the break and began to dominate possession with Shields firing just over the bar after being teed up by Sean Gannon.
Greg Sloggett looked like he had given the hosts the lead when he found himself free in front of goal from Duffy’s cross however he sent it wide.
There was no chances of note following that and an emotional week for the club ends with a point.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (capt), Jordan Flores (Patrick McEleney 53) (David McMillan 75); Stefan Colovic (Daniel Kelly 53), Greg Sloggett (John Mountney 85), Michael Duffy (Nathan Oduwa 85); Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Brian Gartland.
Booked: Cleary (69)
Sent off: None
ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Brendan Clarke; Rory Feely, Dan Ward (Darragh Markey 89), Luke McNally, Shane Griffin; Jamie Lennon, Robbie Benson, Lee Desmond; David Titov, Chris Forrester (capt) (Jason McClelland 67); Jordan Gibson (Martin Rennie 80).
Substitutes not used: Conor Kearns (GK), Ian Bermingham, Ben McCormack, Darragh Burns.
Booked: Lennon (49), Feely (66)
Sent off: None.
Referee: Rob Harvey