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FAI Cup Final: Robbie Benson the hero as St Patrick’s Athletic defeat Bohs on penalties in Aviva decider

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Robbie Benson was the hero for St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup final as his penalty won the Saints their fourth cup crown at the Aviva Stadium.

Misses from Keith Ward and Tyreke Wilson gave the Athletic the chance to win the game through Benson, and he duly obliged in doing so.

In a drab enough contest, the game roared into life during a manic extra-time period bringing the game to penalties.

Chris Forrester gave the Saints the lead, before his wondergoal was cancelled out by a stunning Rory Feely header moments later.

But it wasn’t to be for Bohs as Pats ran out winners after a nerve-shredding penalty shootout.

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In a low-key start to the game, it was the Saints who came out of the traps the quickest, and enjoyed most of the play early on.

While chance were few and far between, it Bohs in fact who went closest to taking the lead inside the opening ten minutes of the game.

Former Celtic winger Liam Burt played in Ross Tierney, but the Ireland U21 midfielder could only skew his effort wide of goal.

But despite coughing up the first real chance of the game, Stephen O’Donnell’s side had the best opportunity of the half through Jamie Lennon.

Lennon burst through after some great link-up play with Robbie Benson, but his low drive was parried away by James Talbot as the sides went in scoreless at the break.

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And the second-half proved to play out in a similar fashion, with neither side able to find an opener on a bitterly cold night.

Ali Coote, Georgie Kelly and Tyreke Wilson all went close for the Gypsies, as did Darragh Burns for the Saints, but there remained little chances of note to write home about.

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Incredibly, Bohs almost nicked it at the death however, but sub Promise Omochere could not get the ball out of his feet quick enough as the game went to extra-time.

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Ronan Coughlan went closest in a drab opening half of extra-time, but his effort on goal was smothered by Talbot as Pats continued to enjoy most of the play.

But Forrester was on hand to score one of the great FAI Cup final goals, slaloming his way past several Bohs bodies, and shooting under the arms of Talbot.

Their lead, however, would not last long as Rory Feely headed home just minutes into the second-half  of extra-time as a penalty shootout awaited.

And penalties it was, but that was not before Tierney going close himself, as his close-range header was saved in the dying embers of the game.

But it was the Saints in fact who ran out winners – winning their first trophy since 2014, while Bohs missed out on a trophy, and European football for 2022.

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