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Cork remain top as Pat's draw in Derry

Cork City stayed joint top of the Premier Division table with Shamrock Rovers after a 3-0 win away to Athlone Town.

Mark O'Sullivan took advantage of Paul Skinner's hesitancy to tap in a 42nd-minute opener.

Cork got their second goal of the night two minutes after the break when O'Sullivan's attempted shot found its way to Billy Dennehy, who shot home from six yards.

Substitute Liam Kearney got Cork's third on 76 minutes.

Meanwhile, League of Ireland champions St Patrick's Athletic were left frustrated at the Brandywell last night as they could not breach a determined Derry City defence.

Pats were the more threatening team throughout but despite threatening again and again, they just could not find the goal they needed.

A huge moment of controversy erupted early in the game when Chris Forrester, with the wind behind him, attempted a shot from 30 yards which Gerard Doherty could only parry.

The ball rolled loose in the penalty area and seemed set to fall to Christy Fagan for a tap in, only for the Pats man to go tumbling under a challenge. It looked a certain penalty but referee Paul McLaughlin waved away all Pats appeals.

Elsewhere, UCD enjoyed a 5-3 win over Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds thanks to goals from Cillian Morrison (2), Michael Barker, Mark Langtry and Dean Clarke. Shane O'Connor, Jake Kelly and David Cassidy were on target for Bray.

Declan O'Brien grabbed the only goal of the game in Drogheda's win away to Limerick.