Students no match for 10-man St Patrick's Athletic
St Pat's Athletic 3 UCD 2
It took them 44 minutes to break UCD down BUT, despite having Greg Bolger sent off, St Pat's cruised to victory at Richmond Park last night.
Keith Fahey's goal on the stroke of half-time was greeted with a sigh of relief from the home crowd as Pat's finally made their dominance count.
Saints missed a host of first-half chances, with Christy Fagan in particular misfiring on several occasions.
Fahey opened the scoring when he caught Colm Crowe in possession on the edge of his own box before expertly clipping the ball over the onrushing Conor O'Donnell.
Bolger was given his marching orders for an apparent stamp on Crowe as Pat's were left to play with 10 men for the final half-hour. But goals from Conan Byrne and Ian Bermingham ensured that the champions didn't suffer back-to-back defeats.
Hugh Douglas and a brilliant Robbie Benson free-kick pulled back goals for UCD but Pat's were full value for their win.
St Pat's - Clarke; McCormack, Foran, Hoare, Bermingham (c); Bolger, Fahey, Brennan (Greene 80); Forrester (O'Brien 85), Fagan (Fitzgerald 87), Byrne.
UCD - O'Donnell, Douglas, Kavanagh, Ryan, Matthews (Mohamed 64); O'Halloran, Crowe (Molloy 64), Creevy, Benson (c), Mulhall (Cannon 73); Belhout.
REF - R Harvey (Dublin)