Frustrating night for Dundalk as they are held by St Pat’s
Dundalk FC were held to their third scoreless draw in five matches after a frustrating 0-0 against St Patrick’s Athletic last night.
Stephen Kenny’s side came into the game hoping to build on last Friday’s 1-0 victory at home to champions Cork City but a failure to do so means they now trail the champions and Friday night’s opponents Waterford FC by three points.
The visitors had a great chance of making the breakthrough on 11 minutes when Sean Gannon’s pass picked out the run of Patrick Hoban but the striker was denied by a fine save from Barry Murphy.
Dundalk then had two chances cleared off the line just before half-time with Darragh Markey denying Daniel Cleary before Kevin Toner did likewise with Ronan Murray.
Kenny’s side failed to create many openings in the second half but did rattle the crossbar with a free kick from Murray. Substitute Marco Tagbajumi did have the ball in the net in stoppage time but it was ruled out for offside.
ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Kevin Toner, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (capt); Ryan Brennan, Owen Garvan, Darragh Markey (Graham Kelly 90); Conan Byrne (Ian Turner 82), Christy Fagan (Jake Keegan 90), Dean Clarke.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Sean Hoare, Dane Massey (capt); Chris Shields (Karolis Cbvedukas 81), Robbie Benson; Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray (Krisztian Adorján 70), Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 74).
Referee: Rob Rogers