Pat's and Rovers played out a scoreless Dublin derby, with neither side creating many goalscoring opportunities at rainy Richmond ParkShamrock Rovers failed to follow up their convincing Setanta Sports Cup final victory over Drogheda United as they played out a scoreless draw against St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.
The Hoops led 3-0 at half-time in Saturday's game, but were much slower out of the starting blocks against their Dublin neighbours. In fact, Pat's had the better of the opening stages with Chris Forrester testing Barry Murphy early on after a good run by Christy Fagan. Fagan was central to everything that the Saints were creating, and went close himself with the next real opportunity. Rovers did not have much sight at goal, with Jason McGuinness's headed attempt their only real chance of the half.
The biggest talking point of the second half was the replacement of referee Graham Kelly at the interval, with the match official failing to return after the break. On the pitch, the rainy conditions slowed down the action, although Pat's had the better chances to open the scoring. Jake Kelly caused plenty of problems with his pace after coming on, while Ciaran Kilduff really should have done better when Danny Ledwith's rebounded effort fell into his path.
Pat's will probably be disappointed not to have broken the deadlock, while the Hoops players looked to still be revelling in their recent cup success.