Cork back in the hunt as Fenlon starts life at Rovers with a win
A Colin Healy cracker two minutes from time reignited Cork City’s title hopes as they saw off St Pat’s 1-0 in Turner’s Cross.
Both of these title contenders went into the match in desperate need of the three points as they bid to haul in Dundalk but there was little in the way of goal-mouth action.
Killian Brennan and Keith Fahey had the best of the chances for the Saints while Dan Murray went close at the other end shortly before half time for Cork.
Mark Quigley was sent off for Pat’s 11 minutes from time for a second bookable offence and Cork pushed on thereafter.
Danny Morrisey had a close-range header blocked midway through the second half and just as you felt both sides would go home with a point each, former Ireland international Healy executed a spectacular bicycle kick to seal a vital win for John Caulfield’s men.
Pat Fenlon is off to a winning start as Shamrock Rovers boss as the Hoops saw off Derry City 2-0 in Tallaght.
It was, however, a slow start for the Nutsy Rovers regime as Derry dominated the first half.
But in a game of few chances, Ronan Finn opened the scoring on the hour mark when he headed home a Kieran Marty Waters cross.
And Dean Kelly was on hand to double the home side’s advantage 10 minutes later when Finn turned provider for Kelly to nod home.
League leaders Dundalk were held to 1 -1 draw against arch rivals Drogheda United.
In an entertaining game at United Park, the teams swapped goals in two frantic first-half minutes when, firstly, Pat Hoban struck for Dundalk but Gary O’Neill fired home a minute later to level matters.
In the other Premier Division game tonight, UCD and Bohemians played out a 0-0 draw at the Belfield Bowl.