St Pat's make hard work of seeing off 10-man Galway
St Patrick's Athletic 3 Galway United 1
Chris Forrester’s seventh goal in as many games, and a brace from Conan Byrne, gave St. Pat’s a seventh straight league win.
But, in truth, they made hard work of seeing off 10-man Galway at Richmond Park last night.
The sides swapped goals in an action-packed opening.
Forrester put Saints ahead on eight minutes with the simplest of his 10 league goals this season, tapping in Byrne’s low cross.
Galway stunned the home crowd to equalise within three minutes.
Stephen Walsh’s through ball caught Saints square for the run of Jake Keegan who confidently sidefooted past Brendan Clarke to the net.
The busy Winn then kept Galway levelat teh break with a string of fine saves.
But teh Galway keeper cost his side dearly ten minutes into the second half.
The keeper’s poor attempted clearance struck Byrne and he then pushed the Saints winger to the ground after he’d raced in behind him.
Referee Rob Harvey pointed to the spot and gave Winn a straight red card.
Byrne drove the penalty to the net despite replacement keeper Ger Hanley diving the right way.
Saints struggled to create chances thereafter before finally adding a third goal a minute into added time.
Byrne’s angled drive found the corner of the net after Hanley had parried efforts from him and Morgan Langley.
ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC – CLARKE; O’BRIEN, MCELENEY, DESMOND, BERMINGHAM; CHAMBERS; FORRESTER (VERDON, 81), BRENNAN (MORRIS, 81); BYRNE, MCGRATH, GREENE (LANGLEY, 87).
GALWAY UNITED – WINN; RAFTERY, CANTWELL, OJI, HORGAN; SHANAHAN, BYRNE, SINNOTT (O‘LEARY, 79), KEEGAN (MELDAY, 90+4); WALSH, CUNNINGHAM (HANLEY, 56).
REF – ROB HARVEY (DUBLIN)