Despite dominating for most of the 90 minutes, St Patrick’s Athletic had to settle for a point after a 0-0 eircom League Premier Division draw with UCD at Richmond Park.
The Saints took the occasion to celebrate the life of their former striker and Irish international, Shay Gibbons, who died recently. They could have done with his finishing touch in this game.
The Saints had the better opening of the two and threatened the UCD goal after just two minutes.
Mark Rutherford took possession of the ball in his own half and darted down the left wing before finding Paul Keegan with an inch-perfect header. Keegan knocked it on but UCD goalkeeper Darren Quigley saved with ease.
Pat’s Trevor Molloy went for the spectacular with a free-kick on 10 minutes, awarded after Brian Shorthall had bundled over Mark Quigley.
Molloy chipped up the ball and volleyed over the UCD wall but he’d put to much lift in it and it spun over the bar.
Following good work by Rutherford and Molloy, Anto Murphy had a shot on target on 24 minutes but he put little power in it and failed trouble Quigley.
Murphy’s long throw on 31 found Darragh Maguire, who headed to Molloy on the by-line. Molloy struck a fierce shot goal bound but Conor Kenna spectacularly cleared off the line.
UCD looked much better as the second half opened and Conor Sammon should have opened their account on 50 minutes.
Having collected a Pat McWalter ball, he struck a low and hard shot but turned his effort around the post.
Quigley then pulled off a magnificent double save on 63 minutes. Firstly, he blocked a header from Murphy before getting down well to stop a rocket from Maguire.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Ryan, S Quigley, Frost, Brennan, Maguire, Murphy, M Quigley (Fitzpatrick 88), Foley, Keegan (Reilly 73), Molloy, Rutherford (O‘Connor 66).
UCD: Quigley, Kenna, Ryan, Shorthall, McNally, McDonnell, Hurley, Dicker, McWalter, Sammon, Doyle (Cawley 88).
Ref: Ritchie Winter. Attendance: 3,000
RTE Online STAR MAN: Darren Quigley (UCD) Another fine night for the U-21 international. Commanded his area and made some fantastic saves.