LOI Wrap: Brennan's injury-time heroics keep Pats four clear
Published 26/07/2013 | 22:59
Killian Brennan's 93rd minute penalty preserved St Pats' four point lead at the head of the Airtricity League while Shelbourne finally emerge from the foot of the table to leapfrog UCD, Bohemians and Bray
St Patrick's Athletic 2 Cork City 1
ST PATRICK’S Athletic showed that they have a bit of steel as well as style in their side as they came from behind to earn a vitally important 2-1 win at home to Cork City last night.
Killian Brennan has scored some crucial goals for the Saints this season but, should Pats finish the term as league champions for the first time in 14 seasons, last night’s injury-time penalty from the Drogheda native could prove to be the most important of all; that late, late strike enabling the Inchicore men to finally break the resolve of a resolute Cork side who deserved a draw at |least on the basis of some stunning goalkeeping from Mark McNulty.
Despite having home advantage and a one-man advantage for most of the second half after City’s Kalen Spillane was sent off, Pats had to dig deep for this win, needing to come from behind after Ciaran Kilduff – on loan from Shamrock Rovers – had put City in front, and after Anto Flood’s equaliser got the Saints back in the game, Brennan’s penalty won it.
Bohemians 1 Drogheda United 1
A late, late goal from Roberto Lopes rescued a vital point for Owen Heary’s Bohemians as they drew 1-1 with Drogheda United at Dalymount Park.
Dean Delany produced an incredible save to deny Drogheda United’s Gavin Brennan after 16 minutes in the best chance of a lively first half.
Ryan Brennan hit the crossbar for the Drogs after the restart before they broke the deadlock on 65 minutes thanks to Alan Byrne’s header.
Drogheda looked in control of the game until with two minutes of normal time remaining Anto Murphy’s long throw evaded everyone and Roberto Lopes flicked it to the net for a share of the spoils.
Dundalk 1 Bray Wanderers 0
Dundalk kept their title challenge on track with a 1-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park.
Dundalk had the better of the early exchanges but the home side should have taken the lead before the break when Kieran Marty Waters hit the crossbar and then the upright in a matter of seconds.
The home side took the lead two minutes after the break when Patrick Hoban picked out Kurtis Byrne with an inch-perfect pass before firing to the net.
Jason Byrne came agonisingly close with 13 minutes remaining but Peter Cherrie kept his shot out and that was the closest Bray came to an equaliser.
UCD 1 Shelbourne 2
Shelbourne have leapfrogged Bohemians, Bray and UCD into ninth after a 2-1 win over the Students at the Belfield Bowl.
UCD hit the front after 17 minutes when Craig Walsh unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards which cannoned off the underside of the bar before hitting the net.
UCD enjoyed a period of dominance but then Mark Langtry was sent-off for an elbow and Shels struck for an equaliser just before the break when Sean Brennan beat the offside trap and finished to the net.
Dean Kelly headed Shels in front eight minutes after the restart following great work from Adam Hanlon.
Any possible fightback for UCD was thwarted on 55 minutes when James Kavanagh was sent-off for a flailing arm catching a Shels man.
UCD toiled with nine men but Shels held on to climb out of the relegation zone.