St Pat's end Rovers' win streak to go joint top
Shamrock Rovers 0 2 St Patrick's Athletic
A headed goal on either side of the half time break allowed St Patrick's Athletic make a big statement about their intentions for this season as they ended Shamrock Rovers' unbeaten record.
Rovers headed into their first local derby of the season with a blemish-free record, three wins and three clean sheets from three games so far this term.
But the Saints now join them on nine points and joint leadership of the table with a deserved 2-0 win. Rovers had possession but little penetration in the first half and as the half time break came into view, the Saints went in front, Graham Kelly's corner flicked on by Darren Dennehy and his brother, Billy, was left to head home against his former team-mate Barry Murphy in the Rovers goal.
Pat Fenlon's side needed a rapid response in the second half but it was Pats who stayed in control, earning a 2-0 lead on 51 minutes. Another header, this time for Christy Fagan who claimed his fourth goal in four games, sending a header from Mark Timlin's corner past Murphy.
Rovers had a penalty appeal on 55 minutes, Ian Bermingham punished for a foul in the box on Simon Madden but after protests from the away side, referee Tomás Connolly consulted with his linesman and changed his mind, giving a goal kick.
Fenlon threw on subs Dean Clarke and Trevor Clarke but their efforts didn't trouble Clarke and the Saints, who started the week with a 3-0 dismissal of Bohemians, got a second win and clean sheet in a matter of days to join Rovers, Cork City and Dundalk on nine points.