RECAP: SHAMROCK ROVERS 2-1 ST. PATRICK'S
GARETH MAHER - Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ryan Guy missed a last-minute spot kick as St. Patrick's Athletic fell to defeat to rivals Shamrock Rovers and were knocked off the top of the Premier Division standings.
The Saints went into this Dublin derby holding a two-point margin over their city rivals and got off to the perfect start when Derek Doyle scored on 50 minutes.
The winger, who netted a hat-trick in last Friday's win over Galway United, fired in from close range. But that goal came after sustained pressure from Pete Mahon's men.
A cross from Guy caused panic in the Rovers penalty area, Shane Guthrie fired over and Doyle, twice, should have scored when presented with good chances.
Rovers got back on level terms when Thomas Stewart blasted in an unstoppable shot on 64 minutes as the home team started to string some nice passes together.
The former Linfield striker got his second of the evening on 81 minutes when a James Chambers cross fell into his path and he made no mistake from close range.
St Pat's were thrown a lifeline though when Billy Dennehy was sent off for handling on the line, but Guy, who played up front in this game, saw his spot kick saved by the excellent Alan Mannus.