Sunday 11 December 2016

Two off as Saints end streak

Galway United 0 St Patrick's Athletic 3

Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30

St Pat's ended their three-game losing streak in the league thanks to goals from Sean Hoare, Billy Dennehy and Conan Byrne (pictured). Photo: Sportsfile
St Pat's ended their three-game losing streak in the league thanks to goals from Sean Hoare, Billy Dennehy and Conan Byrne (pictured). Photo: Sportsfile

St Patrick's Athletic moved up to fifth place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table head of their hosts Galway United, after this impressive victory at Eamonn Deacy Park.

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In doing so, they became the first side to beat the Tribesmen at home this season, and ended their three-game losing streak in the league thanks to goals from Sean Hoare, Billy Dennehy and Conan Byrne.

John Sullivan, who scored in Galway's 3-1 win at St Pat's earlier in the season, was shown red before half-time.

And Graham Kelly was sent off on a second yellow card for the visitors after half-time but Pat's held on.

Hoare headed Pat's in front on the stroke of half-time, three minutes after Sullivan was dismissed for a second yellow card. It was 1-0 to Pat's at half-time and Dennehy made that 2-0 with a free-kick in the 51st minute.

Kelly then got his red, but it didn't matter for the visitors as Byrne added the third late on.

Galway Utd - Winn; Ludden, Walsh (Curran 63), Aganovic, Horgan; Devaney (Melody 78), Sullivan, Foley, Shanahan; Keating (Cantwell 45), Faherty.

St Patrick's Athletic - Clarke; O'Brien, Hoare, D Dennehy, Bermingham; Timlin (Byrne 68), Kelly, Cawley, B Dennehy; McEleney (Verdon 58), McGrath.

Ref - P Sutton (Clare)

Houston denies Derry

Derry City 2 Finn Harps 2

Derry City missed a golden chance to defeat North West neighbours Finn Harps.

Just when the Brandywell faithful had thought Joshuna Daniels and Rory Patterson's late goals had cancelled out Ryan Curran's opener and won the game, up popped Sean Houston to head home a stoppage-time leveller.

The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes as Harps' front-foot approach finally paid off with Dave Scully's powerful strike turned onto the bar by Gerard Doherty and the grateful Curran heading home from close range.

Derry should have equalised on 70 minutes when the ball fell kindly to Ronan Curtis inside the box, but his side-footed strike was straight at Ciaran Gallagher.

City levelled things on 83 minutes when substitute Nathan Boyle saw his cross turned home by fellow sub Daniels.

Derry took the lead five minutes later in great style when Patterson showed great skill and finishing to blast home beyond Gallagher.

Just as the Derry supporters were celebrating a victory, Houston stepped up and headed home a leveller in stoppage time.

Derry City - Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, McClean (Jarvis h-t); McCormack, McEneff; Curtis (Boyle 78), McNamee, Ward (Daniels 78); Patterson.

Finn Harps - Gallagher, McNulty, Cowan, Mailey, Coll; Hanlon (Funston 86), Molloy (McHugh) 90), Houston, McNamee (Boyle 74), Curran, Scully.

Ref - N Doyle (Dublin)

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