Late goal from Brennan sees St Patrick’s take all points
10-man Cork City left wanting on their trip to the capital
Killian Brennan’s injury-time penalty secured all three points for St Patrick’s against a dogged Cork City side that played with 10 men after the sending off of Kalen Spillane on 53 minutes.
A man down, City surprisingly took the lead through Ciarán Kilduff before Anto Flood equalised for Pat’s just after the hour. It looked like the spoils would be shared before Brennan stole the points with virtually the last kick off the game.
The visitors had the first chance of the match on 11 minutes when Shane Duggan powered a low drive through a packed Pat’s goalmouth but goalkeeper Brendan Clarke got down quickly and saved.
Conan Byrne should have done much better for Pat’s a couple of minutes later but his poor free kick took a deflection off a Cork defender and went out for a corner. Byrne took the corner but sent the ball directly into the hands of City goalkeeper Mark McNulty.
Byrne was involved again on 20 minutes when he curled a dangerous cross from the right wing that very nearly crept past McNulty at his near post. McNulty, who also had to contend with the in-rushing Flood, did well to turn the ball around his post. McNulty came to City’s rescue again on 31 minutes when he saved with his feet from Brennan who had powered into the box to meet John Russell’s deep cross.
City were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes when Spillane was sent off for an apparent head-butt in an off-the-ball incident involving Flood but then found themselves in the lead just six minutes later.
Beyond the reach
City broke down the right wing and the ball was played to Kilduff who placed a low drive beyond the reach of Clarke and into the far corner.
The lead lasted three minutes as Flood put Pat’s back on level terms with a superb looping drive that nestled in the top left corner following a through ball from Brennan.
It was mostly one-way traffic after that as Pat’s steamrolled over the 10 men of Cork and when Brennan was fouled in the box in time added on, he dusted himself down and converted the resulting spot kick to maintain Pat’s lead at the top.