Greene brace helps Saints see off Rovers

An Aaron Greene brace helped St Patrick’s Athletic collect all three points against a disappointing Sligo Rovers side at Richmond Park, in a game they dominated from start to finish.

The Saints looked threatening from the start, and were soon bombarding the Sligo Rover’s box with crosses from both wings. An early goal seemed inevitable, and it arrived within 20 minutes. A swift counter attack ended with Aaron Greene heading past Richard Brush in the Rovers goal, following Ian Bermingham’s excellent cross.

The Saints continued to pour forward after the opening goal, and were unlucky not to add to their lead before the end of the half. Killian Brennan saw his free kick palmed wide, before Ciarán Kilduff had a goal disallowed for a deliberate handball.

At the other end, David Cawley’s powerful shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Conor O’Malley, but the visitors were struggling to create any real openings against a strong Pats defence. Liam Buckley’s men stuck to the game plan after the break, and had soon doubled their lead. Again, Greene provided the finish, shooting low across goal after being slipped in by Chris Forrester.

Owen Heary’s side began to get frustrated, Alan Cawley received a yellow card for a heavy tackle, and goalkeeper O’Malley soon followed him into the book for kicking the ball away.

Chris Forrester wrapped up the points with a fine 25 yard strike in the final minutes, as Pats held off some late Rovers pressure to secure a comfortable win.

ST PATRICK’S ATH: O’Malley; O’Brien (McCormack 74), Hoare, Browne (Desmond 86), Bermingham; Bolger, Byrne, Forrester, Brennan (Chambers 71); Greene, Kilduff
Booked: Kilduff 41
Scorers: Greene 18, 56, Forrester 85

SLIGO ROVERS: Brush; Keane, Boylan, Folan, Dykes; Puri, Cawley, Ward (Armstrong 60), Ledwith (Cretaro 60); Beattie, Nielsen
Booked: Boylan 21, Beattie 25, Cawley 53, Brush 66

Referee: Alan Tuite (Dublin)
Attendance: 1259