St Pa­trick’ s make ex­tra man count after O’ Brien’ s dis­missal

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Sec­ond-half goals by Kevin Toner and Kil­lian Bren­nan helped St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic to vic­tory against 10-man Sham­rock Rovers at Rich­mond Park last night.

The 40th-minute dis­missal of Rovers de­fender Joey O’Brien was the shot in the arm St Pa­trick’s needed to se­cure their sixth win of the present cam­paign.

Rovers wing-back Seán Ka­vanagh fired just wide dur­ing the early ex­changes, be­fore a free-kick by Co­nan Byrne drifted over Kevin Hor­gan’s cross­bar at the op­po­site end.

A ma­jor flash point al­tered the game’s course. Fol­low­ing a late tackle on Ryan Bren­nan, for­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional O’Brien was given his march­ing or­ders by ref­eree Gra­ham Kelly.

Though the sides were level at the break, St Pa­trick’s made their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count 11 min­utes in to the sec­ond half. An own goal by Kevin Toner handed Rovers all three points at the Tal­laght Sta­dium last month, but it was the cen­tre-half’s header from a Byrne cor­ner that broke the dead­lock.

With a sev­enth league de­feat of 2018 loom­ing, Rovers boss Stephen Bradley in­tro­duced Gary Shaw and Bran­don Miele for a fi­nal-quar­ter as­sault on the St Pa­trick’s goal. How­ever, after Ro­nan Finn fouled Thomas Byrne at the end of nor­mal time, St Pa­trick’s sub­sti­tute Kil­lian Bren­nan coolly dis­patched a penalty be­yond the reach of Hor­gan. ST PA­TRICK’ S ATH­LETIC: Mur­phy; Mad­den, Des­mond, Toner, Ber ming ham; R Bren­nan( Kelly,88m ins ), Len­non; C Byrne, Mar key( K Bren­nan ,83 m ins ), Clarke; Keegan (TByrne,85mins). SHAM­ROCK ROVER S: H organ; Boyle, Grace, Lopes, O’ Brien,Ka van agh;ABol ger (Mie le ,75 m ins ), GBol ger, Finn; Burke, Carr (Shaw,70mins). Ref­eree: G Kelly( Cork ).

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