Bohemians and Saints fail to fire

THE spoils were shared at Dalymount Park but both sides will admit this does not look enough to boost their fading title hopes.

Neither side are out of the race for the Premier Division crown but will rue the missed chances and bad luck that both experienced.

Bohs’ Liam Burns had the first chance of the night at a wet and cold Dalymount on three minutes, but Pat’s goalkeeper Gary Rogers got a hand to the ball to deflect it off the bar and away to safety.

Pat’s enjoyed a good opening to the game with plenty of possession and play. Daryl Kavanagh was central to a lot of their play and had a couple of early efforts on goal.

One of the better of them came on nine minutes when the former Waterford United and Limerick FC player smashed a low drive on target. Bohs keeper Barry Murphy had to dive at full stretch to block Kavanagh’s low effort at his right hand upright.

Bohemians took the upper hand as the half progressed and Anto Flood thought he had put them into the lead on 18 minutes but his fine strike was ruled out for offside.

A fierce shot from Killian Brennan on 29 minutes had plenty of power too but flew straight into Rogers’ arms.

Brennan was proving to be a big threat to Pat’s, particularly from dead ball situations, but Pat’s managed to contain him, and Bohs, as the game developed. Neither side was helped by the slippy surface and driving rain.

Kavanagh proved a threat to Bohs again three minutes into the second half with a short run out on the right wing. However Aidan Price blocked his subsequent effort when a pass to Danny North or Sean O’Connor looked a better option.

On the hour, Kavanagh and Derek Doyle were involved in an excellent passage of Pat’s play along the right wing which culminated in a curling cross from North. O’Connor was the intended target but North’s cross had too much power and the ball sailed narrowly over O’Connor’s head.

O’Connor then curled a superb free kick around the Bohs wall on 67 minutes but Murphy was well placed to make the save.

Bohs had a chance to take the points on 83 minutes when good work involving Ger O’Brien and Christopher Forrester saw the ball played into Aidan Downes but the Bohs sub couldn’t get a clean shot on the ball and Pat’s cleared up.

At the other end O’Connor’s chance on 86 minutes took a deflection and hit the woodwork as Pat’s finished with aplomb.

BOHEMIANS: Murphy; Cahill, Price, Burns, O’Brien; Forrester (Traynor 90 +3), McEvoy, Bayly (Hurley 72 mins), Brennan, Buckley (Downes 60 mins); Flood.

ST PATRICK’S ATH: Rogers; Shortall, Kenna, E McMillan, Pender; Doyle (Murphy 86 mins), McFaul, Bradley, O’Connor; North (Daly 62 mins), Kavanagh (D McMillan 80 mins)

Referee: R Winter (Wicklow).

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