Cork back to winning ways
St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 2
Cork City boss John Caulfield got the reaction he demanded following last Friday's home defeat to Longford Town as his side got back to winning ways to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier Division table.
First-half goals from Steven Beattie and Danny Morrissey earned a first victory in five league games to move Cork four points ahead of third-placed Shamrock Rovers.
A sixth defeat in eight games for St Pat's means they've still not clinched fourth place and a coveted final Europa League spot.
Cork went ahead on nine minutes. Darren Dennehy headed John Dunleavy's corner back across goal where Ross Gaynor got a touch before Beattie tapped the ball in.
They doubled their lead with a delightful goal on 23 minutes. Karl Sheppard's though-ball found the run of Morrissey, whose first-time lob looped over Conor O'Malley to bounce into the net for a sublime finish.
Kevin O'Connor brought a save from O'Malley with an angled drive early the second half before St Pat's owned the ball as they chased the game.
But Liam Buckley's side didn't threaten Mark McNulty until the 59th minute when the keeper batted away Jamie McGrath's shot from a tight angle.
St Pat's pulled a goal back in the 89th minute when Aaron Greene raced through to drill low to the net, but it was just a consolation/
St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; Desmond, McEleney, Brennan (Bayly 83), Bermingham; Chambers; Morris (Verdon 83), Greene; Byrne (Hoare 62), Fagan, McGrath.
Cork City - McNulty; McSweeney, Bennett, D. Dennehy, Gaynor; Buckley (Kearney, 52), Dunleavy; Sheppard, Beattie (O'Sullivan 90), O'Connor; Morrissey (O'Flynn25).
Ref - D Tomney (Dublin).