Flood and Russell take their chances and St Patrick’s take points
Pat’s have won six of their last nine visits to Turner’s Cross
Cork City 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 2: St Patrick’s Athletic continued their remarkable record at Turner’s Cross as goals in either half from Anto Flood and John Russell gave them the points against Cork City last night.
St Patrick’s have now won six of their last nine visits to Leeside, but more importantly it will be the extension of their current unbeaten run to seven games which will have left manager Liam Buckley happiest.
Their first goal arrived 23 minutes in when Chris Forrester fizzed a cross in from the left and Flood, notching his second goal in five days, connected with the top of his head to direct into the far corner.
Cork should have drawn level 10 minutes later when an uncharacteristic mistake from Forrester, failing to add enough weight to a back-pass under very little pressure, enabled Daryl Kavanagh to intercept.
Up against his former club, however, the striker took the wrong option by attempting to loft the ball over Brendan Clarke, as the goalkeeper got a hand to his tame effort.
That was the best chance created by the home side, who looked tired and bereft of fresh ideas in attack.
St Patrick’s were dominant in midfield, with Greg Bolger and John Russell both setting the tempo.
Indeed it was the latter who doubled their advantage just three minutes after the break. A fluid move on the left saw the midfielder play a quick one-two with Flood and with the City defence static, he curled a sumptuous effort into the bottom right corner of the net.
St Patrick’s could have added further insult to injury with just five minutes to go as Christy Fagan was taken down by Gearóid Morrissey and Rob Rogers pointed to the spot. The striker took it himself but Mark McNulty got down well to make the save.