Gaffney's goal puts major dent in St Pat's title hopes
St Patrick's Athletic 0 Limerick 1
Limerick's resurgence under Martin Russell continued last night as Liam Buckley's former assistant put another huge dent in the champions' title hopes.
After an injury-hit last season, Rory Gaffney has been a player reborn this year and his fifth goal in four games condemned Pat's to just their second home defeat of the season.
As they were against Bohs last Friday, Pat's were guilty of missing several first-half chances, but they did come up against an in-form Barry Ryan, who pulled off three stunning saves in the space of two minutes midway through the first half. He twice saved from Chris Forrester before brilliantly tipping Christy Fagan's header over the bar.
Limerick made Pat's pay for their missed chances five minutes after the restart when Gaffney cracked home a shot from the edge of the area. Jack Doherty then shot tamely at Brendan Clarke when he should have doubled the lead.
As they searched for an equaliser, the home crowd were incensed when it looked like Stephen Folan handled the ball in the box as a miserable evening for the champions was compounded.
St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; O'Brien (c) (Quigley 81), Foran, Browne, Bermingham; McCormack, Fahey, Brennan (Bayly 88); Forrester (Greene 71), Fagan, Byrne.
Limerick: Ryan; Nzuzi, Folan, Oji, Williams; Duggan (c), Hughes, Turner, Doherty (Tracy 76); Djilali (O'Connor 81); Gaffney.
Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).