Tuesday 20 March 2018

Brennan spot on as St Pat's take sixth win

Galway United 1 St Patrick's Athletic 4

Shamrock Rovers' Ciaran Kilduff
Shamrock Rovers' Ciaran Kilduff

By Daragh Small

First-half goals from Killian Brennan and Conan Byrne put St Pat's on their way towards stretching their unbeaten record to nine games as they easily accounted for Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

A wonder strike from David O'Leary gave the home side hope of getting back in the tie just after the restart, but Ciaran Kilduff wrapped up Pat's sixth win of the season midway through the second half, before Byrne rattled a second 12 minutes from time.

Brennan gave Pat's the lead from the spot in the 26th minute when Stephen Walsh was unlucky to be penalised for handball from close range, and Pat's made it two six minutes from the break when Byrne finished off a sublime flowing move.

On the back of last week's 5-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds the home side would have been high on self confidence and that was evident when O'Leary got them back in the tie four minutes after the restart with a crisp effort from long range.

United contained to press in search for their first draw of the season and with Ryan Connolly puling the strings in midfield chances were always likely for the Tribesmen.

But at the other end too St Pat's were dangerous on the counter attack and on the hour mark Kilduff missed a great chance to restore the Saints' two goal cushion following great work from substitute James Chambers.

Last week's hat-trick hero Enda Curran came close to squaring matters a minute later, but Conor O'Malley saved well and Greene missed a great chance for Pat's soon after, but Kilduff made sure of the points 24 minutes from time when the Galway defence parted.

Byrne found the top corner for St Pat's fourth in the 78th minute, while Alex Byrne was shown a straight red card for United in the closing stages.

Galway United: Hanley; Byrne, Oji, Walsh, Horgan; Shanahan, Sinnott (O'Laoi h-t), O'Leary (Cunningham 72), Keegan; Connolly; Curran.

St Patrick's Athletic: O'Malley; O'Brien (Chambers 34), Browne, Desmond, Bermingham; Bolger (McCormack 75); Byrne, Forrester (Langley 82), Brennan, Greene; Kilduff.

Ref – J McKell (Tipperary)

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