Shelbourne & St Pats to meet again

Shelbourne and St Patrick’s Athletic have it all to do again after their FAI semi final clash finished one apiece.

St Pats, who came into the game on the back of a fine win over Sligo Rovers in the league, struck first when Danny North fired them into the lead 4 minutes before half time, the striker reacting first to smash the ball home after the home side failed to deal with Stephen Bradley’s free kick

A goal down, Shelbourne’s hope of claiming a famous semi final win was made that bit harder on 43 minutes when Colm James was sent off for stupidly kicking out at Anto Murphy after the players got tangled together.

However the sending off galvanised the home side and they fought back to level the tie on 72 minutes through Philly Hughes low shot to salvage a replay at Richmond Park on Monday although four minutes earlier they were thankful for the crossbar which kept out an effort from Murphy.

Shelbourne: Dean Delaney; Sean Byrne, Stephen Paisley, Andy Boyle, Ian Ryan; Barry Clancy, Colm James, David Cassidy, Kevin Dawson, Brendan McGill ( Philip Gorman 63 mins); Philip Hughes (Davi De Silva 89).

Subs not used: Chris Mulhall, John Sullivan, Paul Skinner.

St Patrick’s Ath: Gary Rogers; Ian Bermingham, Conor Kenna, Evan McMillan, Derek Pender; Derek Doyle (David McMillan 86 mins), Stephen Bradley (David Mulcahy 89 mins), Shane McFaul (Paul Crowley 70 mins), Anthony Murphy; Danny North, Daryl Kavanagh.

Subs not used: Brian Shortall, Jake Carroll, Ian Daly, Chris Bennion.

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