Tuesday 6 December 2016

Byrne brace helps Saints stay on march

Galway United 1 St Pat's 4

Daragh Small

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

St. Patrick's Athletic's Conan Byrne scored two goals in his side's win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park last night
St. Patrick's Athletic's Conan Byrne scored two goals in his side's win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park last night

Conan Byrne bagged a brace as St Pat's stretched their unbeaten record to nine games with victory at Eamonn Deacy Park

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First-half goals from Killian Brennan and Byrne put the Saints in command, but a wonder-strike from David O'Leary gave the home side hope.

However, Ciaran Kilduff wrapped up Pat's sixth win of the season midway through the second half before Byrne rattled in a second 12 minutes from time.

Brennan gave Pat's the lead from the spot in the 26th minute when Stephen Walsh was unlucky to be penalised for handball from close range, and Pat's made it two six minutes from the break when Byrne finished off a sublime flowing move.

On the back of last week's 5-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds, the home side were high on confidence and that was evident when O'Leary got them back in the tie four minutes after the break with a rocket from long range.

United pressed in search for their first draw of the season, with Ryan Connolly pulling the strings in midfield and creating chances, but St Pat's were looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

On the hour mark Kilduff missed a great chance to restore the Saints' two-goal cushion following great work from substitute James Chambers.

Last week's hat-trick hero Enda Curran came close to levelling, but Kilduff made sure of the points 24 minutes from time when the Galway defence parted.

Byrne found the top corner for the fourth in the 78th minute.

Galway's Alex Byrne was shown a straight red card late on.

Galway United - Hanley; Byrne, Oji, Walsh, Horgan; Shanahan, Sinnott (O'Laoi h-t), O'Leary (Cunningham 72), Keegan; Connolly; Curran.

St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; O'Brien (Chambers 34), Browne, Desmond, Bermingham; Bolger (McCormack 75); Byrne, Forrester (Langley 82), Brennan, Greene; Kilduff.

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary)

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