Corcoran double sends Pat’s back into the bottom three
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.
Kenny Browne leads out his Waterford team who received their First DivisIon trophy last night as Longford do a guard of honour.