St. Patrick’s Athletic missed out on the chance to go top of the league after failing to make the most of their chances as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Dundalk in a sloppy but entertaining affair at Richmond Park.
Shane McFaul spurned a great chance in the dying moments to put Pat’s ahead for the third time after goals from Mark Griffin and Keith Ward either side of the break gave Dundalk the lead following Derek Doyle’s superb volley after ten minutes.
Dave McMillan broke from defence in added time skipping past a challenge from Dean Barrett only for his cross to be deflected into the path of McFaul who never steadied himself and blasted his shot wide.
Pat’s had the better of the play since Doyle equalised with his his second of the match, sneaking in a far post header from Daryl Kavanagh’s cross on the hour mark.
In the end a draw was perhaps a fair result as loose passing saw possession slip from side to side and neither really took the impetus to put the game to bed though Pat’s lively movement meant they have more opportunities to take all three points.
Dundalk held firm after conceding and made the most of their chances on the break with Mark Quigley going close on a number of occasions and the midfielder was influential in all of Dundalk’s approach play.
Pat’s manager Pete Mahon will rue the chances missed as an opportunity lost as his side now go third, level on points with Shamrock Rovers.
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