St. Patrick’s Athletic were made to wonder what might have been after a 1-1 draw away to UCD in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday night.
The Saints began well and opened the scoring after only ten minutes through Christy Fagan. To that point it had been all one way traffic, with the goal a fair reward for the way Pats started the game. In fact the first half-hour of the game was all the away side, and given their domination they had chances to put this game to bed early.
They were made to pay for that lack of cutting edge however, as Samir Belhout leveled for UCD after twenty-seven minutes. From there, the Student’s confidence grew however they were unable to add to their tally before the half-time whistle blew.
The second half brought much of the same, with Pats enjoying spells with the ball but being unable to find a way through a stubborn UCD defense. With time running out Pats thought they had found themselves a winner, substitute Killian Brennan prodding the ball home with nine minutes to go. The linesman awarded offside however, and from there the defending champions had to start again in their search for a winner.
As extra time loomed, Kenny Browne then had an effort cleared off the line, as UCD defended for their lives in the hope of earning a hard fought point. Their mission was complete three minutes later, as the referee blew the full time whistle.
For UCD this was a well earned point going forward as they hope to catch the likes of Derry City and Drogheda United in the table. For St. Pats though this draw could prove costly, with the likes of Cork City and Dundalk now breathing down their necks.