Brendan Clarke the hero in return to Richmond Park
St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 Limerick 2
Limerick goalkeeper Brendan Clarke saved a penalty against his former club as goals from Tony Whitehead and John O’Flynn gave the Super Blues a big win at Richmond Park.
Showing no signs of their managerial upheaval during the week, interim boss Willie Boland’s Limerick dominated the first-half with Saints’ keeper Conor O’Malley forced into stops from Rodrigo Tosi, Shane Duggan and Chiedozie Ogbene before they deservedly took a 26th minute lead.
Skipper Duggan put a low free-kick into the St Pat’s area from the left where defender Whitehead got a touch to flick the ball past O’Malley.
There was far more to St Pat’s play on the resumption with Conan Byrne headed wide before Kurtis Byrne forced a terrific one-hand save from Clarke.
Limerick then had a miraculous let-off on 64 minutes after conceding a penalty for a handball.
Conan Byrne stepped up, but former team-mate Clarke dived the right way to save. Ian Bermingham then saw his follow-up shot come back off a post. Substitute O’Flynn then sealed Limerick’s win with their second goal on the counter-attack on 83 minutes.
Clarke’s clearance found Ogbene who put O’Flynn through to slide past O’Malley.
St. Patrick’s Athletic – O’Malley; Barker, Peers, Desmond, Bermingham; Cregg, Lunney (Kelly, 69); C Byrne, A O’Hanlon (Markey, 81), K Byrne; J O’Hanlon (Keena, 77).
Limerick – Clarke; Kelly, Whitehead, Williams, Robson; Duggan, O’Conor; Mulhall (Clarke, 69), Lynch, Ogbene (Turner, 88); Tosi (O’Flynn, 73).
Ref – P McLaughlin (Donegal)
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