Dooley delight for Cork
Cork City 2 St Patrick's Athletic 0
St Patrick's Athletic's two-year reign was ended as goals from Conor Ellis and Stephen Dooley secured a 16th consecutive competitive victory for the Leesiders.
Ellis struck on 67 minutes to put a misfiring City in front and Dooley added the insurance goal in the final minute with a fine individual effort.
The hosts, making eight changes from the team that started Friday's 2-1 victory over Bray Wanderers, struggled to get into the game, and goalkeeper Alan Smith made a good save to deny Rory Feely in the first half.
City introduced Achille Campion for the second half and within 10 minutes he dispossessed Pat's keeper Barry Murphy, but the veteran recovered brilliantly to deny him.
There was a lot of good fortune about Cork's opening goal, with Ellis as surprised as anybody to see his shot, initially saved by Murphy, deflect into the net off his face after good work by Shane Griffin had set up the chance.
Substitutes Ian Bermingham and Christy Fagan both went close to equalising before a stunning run from Dooley saw him sprint 50 yards, turn Murphy inside-out and finish into an empty net.