St Pat’s see off Sligo Rovers for third win on the bounce
Pat’s unbeaten in seven at Richmond Park thanks to strikes from Clarke and Byrne
Thomas Byrne celebrates his late penalty for St Pat’s against Sligo Rovers. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
St Patrick’s Athletic 2 Sligo Rovers 0
Second-half strikes from Dean Clarke and Thomas Byrne, with a late penalty, brought St Patrick’s Athletic a third successive victory.
Now unbeaten in seven games at Richmond Park, Liam Buckley’s side edge level on points with fourth-placed Derry City who visit Inchicore on Friday. Sligo remain in trouble third from bottom.
Despite St Patrick’s enjoying good possession and looking threatening, it was Sligo who produced the two clear-cut chances of the first half.
Having survived, Sligo came close to taking a 26th minute lead.
Callan-McFadden met Rhys McCabe’s corner with a firm near post header that looked destined for the corner of the net before goalkeeper Barry Murphy made a brilliant save with the ball then scrambled clear.
St Patrick’s had Murphy to thank again three minutes before half-time.
Adam Wixted’s clever feet worked an opening down the inside-left channel with Murphy showing his agility to tip over the Sligo winger’s left foot drive.
The game remained open into the second half with half chances at either end before St Patrick’s took a 51st minute lead.
Conan Byrne had a shot bravely block while Ryan Brennan’s goal-bound header struck a team-mate as St Patrick’s pressed for a second goal.
In a frantic finish, John Mahon blew a glorious chance of an 85th minute equaliser, blazing over the bar from just yards out.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Murphy; Madden, Toner, Desmond, Bermingham; Lennon (K. Brennan, 60); C. Byrne, R. Brennan, Markey (Kelly, 83), Clarke (Keegan, 55); T Byrne.
Sligo Rovers: Beeney; Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Mahon, Waters; Wixted (Cretaro, 80), Keaney, McCabe, McAleer (Roy, 59); Moorhouse (Morrison, 68); Morgan.
Referee: Rob Hennessy (Clare)