Cork suf­fer ti­tle set­back

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Cork City 1 O’Han­lon 83 St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic 1 Clarke 56

Sub­sti­tute Josh O’Han­lon earned Cork City a point but their hopes of re­tain­ing the Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle suf­fered a blow against St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic at Turner’s Cross last night.

O’Han­lon headed in fel­low sub Gearóid Mor­ris­sey’s cross in the 83rd minute af­ter Dean Clarke had put Pat’s ahead 11 min­utes into the sec­ond half.

While they avoided a first home de­feat in the league, the re­sult leaves them level on points with Dun­dalk two games played. Pat’s had the best chance of a lack­lus­tre first half when Clarke’s shot par­ried by Mark McNulty, with Ryan Bren­nan send­ing the re­bound over.

It was score­less at half-time but Pat’s struck on 53. Co­nan Byrne’s free kick was helped on for­mer City man Achille Cam­pion and Clarke fin­ished af­ter Mark McNulty saved his first ef­fort.

Then, on 83 min­utes, the home side were level. When John Dun­leavy found Mor­ris­sey, he car­ried the ball for­ward and his cross was met by O’Han­lon at the near post.

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