St Patrick’s Athletic 3–0 Bohemians F.C.
St Patrick’s Athletic cruised to a 3–0 victory over a disappointing Bohemians side in the first Dublin derby of the season. First half goals from Mark Timlin and Christy Fagan set the groundwork for what was a comfortable win before the impressive Billy Dennehy put any doubt to bed with a late, second half strike.
Pats manager, Liam Buckley, stated before the game that he was hoping the ‘Richmond Roar’ would help his team to victory in this much anticipated Dublin derby and it didn’t take long for that roar to be heard as Pats took the lead with only 4 minutes on the clock.
The move began with some clever footwork by Fagan, who, under pressure from the Bohs midfield, spread the ball to Billy Dennehy on the left wing. The Tralee man played the ball to the overlapping Ian Bermingham who put in a first time cross for Timlin to head home from close range.
Pats doubled their lead on 12 minutes, again, the move began on the left hand side of the pitch. Dennehy put a floating cross to the far post which evaded Bohemians centre back, Roberto Lopes, only for Fagan to power in a header which Bohemians goalkeeper, Dean Delaney, could do little about. This was Fagan’s 50th goal for the club and his third goal in as many games.
Pats subsequently put their foot off the gas as the 1st half continued but Bohemians offered little threat in the final third of the pitch. This will be disappointing for Bohs manager, Keith Long, who before the game, said that his team will be looking to take the game to Pats.
Bohs only threatened in the first half through half-chances which came both from former Pats players, who were consistently reminded of this fact by the home faithful. Ismahil Akinade hit a tame 25 yard effort which was easily saved before Mark Quigley hit a free kick directly at the Pats keeper.
The Bohemians players, who likely got an earful from their manager at half time, started to put pressure on the home team in the 2nd half. The away side began to get a foothold in midfield and put in a number of dangerous crosses which the Pats defence failed to deal with comfortably.
However, any chance of a comeback was quickly dashed as Akinade picked up a second yellow card on sixty-five minutes. This left Bohs with the insurmountable task of salvaging a result with 10 men on the pitch. Insurmountable it proved to be as Pats dominated possession for the remainder of the half without leaving second gear.
The result and the 3 points were guaranteed with 2 minutes of normal time remaining. Ian Bermingham got the goal his performance deserved with a back post header from a Conan Byrne cross.
For Bohemians, although this is only their 3rd game of the season, the manner of the defeat will be worrying for manager Keith Long, especially considering they had a full strength squad to choose from. A home tie against an improving Wexford Youths side awaits the Gypsies on Friday, knowing that a similar performance will not be enough to claim 3 points against the newly promoted side.
For Pats, 6 points from a possible 9 represents a good start. With a number of new signings made during the off-season, Liam Buckley is confident that his side are beginning to gel and that their performances will only improve as the season continues. “We’ve definitely got a lot of good players and I do think they will get better — as long as they keep working hard, which they are doing in training.” “Tonight we had six new players from the finishing game of last season, so it just takes a little bit of time”.
Next up for Pats is another Dublin derby away to Shamrock Rovers who are currently sitting joint top of the league after achieving a 100% start to the new league campaign.