REPORT | Pats lift FAI Cup after dramatic finale


REPORT | Pats lift FAI Cup after dramatic finale

Robbie Benson was the St. Patricks Athletic hero as he scored the winning penalty in the shoot out in the FAI Cup Final.
30th Nov 2021

After a scoreless ninety minutes, Chris Forrester and Rory Feely exchanged goals before the tie would be decided on penalties. The Saints went on to claim their victory in the showcase final their first since 2014 and their fourth overall.

The first sight on goal fell to Bohemians as Liam Burt with a clever pass found its way to Dawson Devoy but his strike with the outside of the boot went wide of Vitezslav Jaros’ back post.

Alfie Lewis finished off a move that began with Robbie Benson but his effort also went wide. Sam Bone continued to press for the Inchicore side as broke free of the Bohs defence but his shot on goal was well blocked by James Talbot.

Liam Burt then tried his luck from the distance but his shot was well saved by Jaros. That was quickly followed by a shot from Georgie Kelly who would strike the side netting. Jamie Lennon had the best chance of the first half as Bermingham, Forrester, Benson and Lennon exchange one-touch passes that saw the Saints midfielder hit a well-struck effort that forced James Talbot into making a fine save.

Chris Forrester also went close just before halftime as his shot had Talbot having to save on the second attempt. Ross Tierney had the first chance of note following the interval as his high curling free-kick was well saved by Jaros.

Bohemians had a series of changes that forced Jaros into making two saves in close succession, the best stopping a Georgie Kelly half volley. Darragh Burns went close with a header at the back spot as the half came to its conclusion, a cross from the right was met by Saints midfielder but he couldn’t direct his diving header goalwards.

From the resulting attack Bohemians, Promise Omochere was inches away from opening the scoring as he went close to latching onto a high ball into the area. In the first period of extra after sustaining an intense period of pressure, it was Bohemians who got the first shot on target with Promise Omochere’s low effort being caught well by Jaros.

Extra time substitute Ronan Coughlan forced an excellent point-blank save from James Talbot as he blocked the striker's goal-bound effort from close range. Chris Forrester opened the scoring of the match in extra time with a fantastic individual goal. He broke from midfield and after passing the attentions of two Bohemians defenders he hit a low effort to beat Talbot at his near post.

Following the extra time break, Bohemians immediately equalised as Rory Feeley latched onto a corner to head a powerful effort past Jaros to level the tie. Bohemians had two great chances to win the contest as Ross Tierney got away from his marker but Jaros made a fine stop to deny him at the near post.

The Saint keeper would deny him again as Tierney would head a goal-bound effort from a Mallon cross that saw Jaros just tip over. From the resulting corner, Rory Feely had his effort cleared off the line following another fine stop from the St. Pats netminder.

As the game went to penalties for the cup to be decided both sides scored their respective penalties before James Talbot dived to his right to save and deny Forrester.

Wilson was then to force his effort wide before Keith Ward sent his penalty over after striking the crossbar. Robbie Benson would step up to cooly despatch his penalty and win the tie to bring the cup to Inchicore for this season.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Rob Cornwall, Ciaran Kelly (Rory Feely 74), Ali Coote (Stephen Mallon 85), Liam Burt (Keith Ward 102), Georgie Kelly (Promise Omochere 61), Keith Buckley (Conor Levingston 105), Tyreke Wilson, Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy.
Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness (GK), Anto Breslin, Conor Levingston, James Finnerty, Jamie Mullins.
St Patricks Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros, Ian Bermingham, Sam Bone (Jak Hickman 90), Lee Desmond, Jamie Lennon (Billy King 60), Robbie Benson, Chris Forrester, Mattie Smith (Jason McClelland 75), Alfie Lewis (Ronan Coughlan 96), Darragh Burns, Paddy Barrett (James Abankwah 81).
Subs not used: Barry Murphy (GK), Kyrian Nwoko, Nahum Melvin Lambert, Shane Griffin, Jak Hickman.

Booked: Darragh Burns, Keith Buckley, Lee Desmond
Sent Off: None
Referee: Rob Hennessy
Man of the Match: Lee Desmond.
Attendance: 37,126