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