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Pats keep dream alive with O'Connor double

St Patrick's Athletic stayed in the title race last night thanks to a 2-0 away victory over Dundalk at Oriel Park.

The visitors have now maintained their unbeaten record which stretches back 13 years.

Sean O'Connor opened the scoring for Pete Mahon's side after 15 minutes, lashing home from 35 yards after Peter Cherrie's poor clearance fell at his feet.

Before the game restarted, Dundalk were also a man down as Mark Quigley was shown two yellow cards in quick succession.

The result was put beyond doubt in the 57th minute when O'Connor cut in from the right to smash a vicious drive inside Peter Cherrie's near post.

Galway United showed character and courage in Jumbo Brennan's first game in charge


However, they were undone by two controversial decisions in their 3-0 home defeat at Terryland Park.

Bohs were awarded a soft ninth-minute free-kick when referee Rob Rogers deemed that Yob Son had fouled Christy Fagan off the ball.

But Killian Brennan was not for complaining and from nearly 30 yards he unleashed a superb free-kick, which fizzed into the top corner.

Then 11 minutes after the restart, Galway's Stephen Walsh was dismissed when he picked up a second yellow card for standing in front of a Bohs free-kick.

On 57 minutes, Fagan was fouled in the area by Son and the striker converted the penalty, while three minutes from time Bohs put the seal on it, when Fagan again scored after clever approach play by Anto Flood.