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Pats' hangover strikes again

THE dreaded European hangover struck for the second successive week for St Patrick's Athletic as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with bottom of the table UCD.

Seven days after a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Drogheda United, the Saints failed to break down the Students late on after Robbie Benson had cancelled out Chris Forrester's opener.

"I can't fault the players for effort. They bust a gut on Thursday night with a tremendous performance in the 1-1 draw to Siroki Brijeg," St Pat's boss Liam Buckley said afterwards.

"But there are no two ways about it, for part-time players to play on a Sunday-Thursday, Sunday-Thursday - we've had this now for three weeks - it takes its toll."

Both sides had their chances early on in the game with the Saints shading it and Forrester should really have put the Inchicore side in front on 34 minutes but he headed over in the box when unmarked.

The winger made up for the mistake just before the interval when James Chamber's slide-rule pass sent him through on goal and he coolly slotted home through the legs of the advancing Mark McGinley.

St Pat's had chances to double their advantage before the Students struck for the equaliser when Samir Belhout's cross was driven home by Benson.

McGinley pulled off a number of saves to keep Pat's at bay and Anto Flood missed a glorious chance for the visitors late on, meaning a share of the spoils. Pat's must now regroup before a massive European night in Richmond on Thursday.