GARETH MAHER - Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ryan Guy was unable to stop St. Patrick's Athletic from slipping to a narrow defeat to Bohemians as they lost significant ground on the fight to finish third in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
St. Patrick's Athletic 0-1 Bohemians
No matter what they threw at their Dublin rivals, St. Pat's just could not score in their Saturday afternoon clash at Richmond Park that the visitors took the three points from.
After Jason Byrne had blasted over for Bohs in the opening stages, St. Pat's threatened with Derek Doyle twice going close to breaking the deadlock and Guy's cross for Vinny Faherty not getting the finish that it deserved.
Then referee Richie Winter awarded a penalty to the away team following a foul by Noel Haverty on Killian Brennan, who took the spot-kick but it was saved by keeper Chris Bennion. However, the rebound fell to Raffaele Cretaro to fire in.
Paul Keegan should have increased the Gypsies' lead when he headed wide before the Saints took control of the game with Faherty striking the crossbar and both Danny North and Dave Mulcahy failing to hit the target.
Bohs threatened infrequently, much like Guy, who was starved of service for long periods of the game as he was played out wide on the right again.
But the home team should have scored late on when substitute Sean Stewart had a shot blocked by Bohs keeper Barry Murphy and Ian Bermingham fired an effort wide.
Next up for the Saints is a FAI Ford Cup semi-final with Shamrock Rovers on Sunday, which will be a welcome break from the league for Pete Mahon's men.
Chris Konopka was an un-used substitute as Waterford United beat Finn Harps 3-1 at the RSC.