Cor­co­ran dou­ble sends Pat’s back into the bot­tom three

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Dinny Cor­co­ran scored twice to drop St Pa­trick’s back into the bot­tom three in the ever-in­trigu­ing bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion.

But in a rip-roar­ing derby at Da­ly­mount Park, St Pa­trick’s, who played with 10 men for 75 min­utes, were inches from snatch­ing a point late on.

The sides swapped goals in­side a fre­netic open­ing three min­utes. Paddy Ka­vanagh’s left wing cross was met by Is­mahil Ak­i­nade whose thump­ing header gave Bo­hemi­ans the lead.

St Pat’s were level 60 sec­onds later as Christy Fa­gan col­lected Michael Barker’s pass to drill a shot un­der Shane Sup­ple.

Bohs re­gained the lead on 16 min­utes; Ak­i­nade pow­er­ing through only to be taken down by Gavin Peers.The St Pat’s de­fender saw a straight red card be­fore Cor­co­ran scored em­phat­i­cally from the spot.

Bohs stretched their lead six min­utes into the sec­ond half, Cor­co­ran latch­ing onto a loose ball to run in be­fore con­fi­dently shoot­ing past keeper Lukasz Skowron for his 15th goal of the sea­son. Co­nan Byrne gave St Pat’s hope when fin­ish­ing a fine move in­volv­ing Kil­lian Bren­nan and Barker to ri­fle to the net on 65 min­utes.

In­cred­i­bly, St Pat’s re­ally should have sal­vaged a point five min­utes from time. Co­nan Byrne’s low cross from the right found Fa­gan whose shot came back out off the cross bar with sub­sti­tute Kur­tis Byrne’s fol­low-up bravely blocked by Bohs’ skip­per Derek Pen­der.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: RYAN BYRNE/INPHO

Kenny Browne leads out his Water­ford team who re­ceived their First Di­vi­sIon tro­phy last night as Long­ford do a guard of hon­our.

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