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Bradley opens floodgates for Saints

The goals just keep coming for Pat's. Pete Mahon's side have now scored 14 in their last four games.

And Pat's can drastically cut the gap between themselves and the table leaders on Monday as they host Shamrock Rovers in a title showdown seemingly more meaningful now.

Initially, Pat's were made to wait here though. The opening 40 minutes had little to offer except a Danny North glancing header and a Bray penalty shout as Dave Mulcahy appeared to handle in the box.

But finally, on 44 minutes, the encounter ignited. First, Anthony Murphy forced a fine save from Darren Quigley before Danny McGuinness flashed wide at the other end.

On the resumption of play, however, it was only Pat's who kept up the pace.

Daryl Kavanagh headed over before Chris Shields somehow scrambled an Ian Bermingham delivery off the line. And just moments after Pat's had a penalty shout for the ball striking Graham Kelly's arm, Sean O'Connor duly won one. His blistering run forced a rash tackle from Shane O'Connor, with Stephen Bradley then stepping up to despatch the penalty.

Two minutes later the game was made safe with a magnificent Mulcahy volley from the edge of the area.

And 10 minutes later the score was made emphatic as Murphy easily finished Ian Daly's low cross.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; Webster, Shields, O'Connor, Houston; J Kelly, G Kelly (Zambra 61), Doyle, Knight; Murphy (O'Neill 70), McGuinness (Shaw 61).

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers; Pender, Bermingham, Kenna, McMillan; O'Connor, Murphy, Bradley, Mulcahy (Crowley 80); Kavanagh; North (Daly 40).

REF-- A Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent