GIOVANNI Trapattoni was in the stands at Richmond Park as St Patrick's Athletic opened their league season with 1-0 win over last season's runners-up Drogheda United.
A second half strike from Shane McFaul was the difference between the sides although in reality Pats dominated throughout.
Playing in their usual 4-3-3 formation, the Saints were quickly into their stride with Chris Forrester smashing his header of the woodwork early on.
Killian Brennan was pulling the strings in the midfield and he forced Gabriel Sava into a good save.
Drogheda's only opportunity has been an effort from Paul O'Conor which was gathered by Brendan Clarke.
Derek Prendergast and Alan Byrne were defiant at the back for the Drogs but that defiance was broken on 68 minutes when substitute Shane McFaul fired home the game's only goal after a goalmouth scramble.
Mick Cooke made a number of substitutions as he tried to rescue the game but it was to no avail and Pats ended up winners.