Dave Webster strikes late as Saints clinch victory from behind for second week running
St Patrick’s Athletic 2 Sligo Rovers 1
Glen McAuley and Dave Webster were the St Pat’s goalscorers once again as they came from behind to win for the second week in a row.
Last week’s second-half revival against Bray kept Harry Kenny’s side in the FAI Cup with strikes from Webster and McAuley. Back at Richmond Park, the Inchicore side kept Europe hopes alive with another rousing second-half display.
Gary Shaw raised an expectant roar from the home faithful on 20 minutes when drilling a shot wide. Two minutes later there was a collective groan from the Pat’s fans as Sligo took the lead.
First Romeo Parkes sliced dreadfully wide after outmuscling Kevin Toner. But the Jamaican striker promptly made amends Kris Twardek did the spade work, getting to the end line on the right to cross for Parkes to shoot low to the net for his eighth league goal of the season.
St Pat’s started the second half with far more impetus and were duly level six minutes in.
Darragh Markey threaded a pass into McAuley who showed delightful feet before rifling a rising right-foot shot to the far corner of the net.
Pat’s then won it on 83 minutes. Jamie Lennon whipped in a free-kick for Webster to score with a towering header.
St Patrick’s Athletic – B Clarke; Desmond, Webster, Toner, Bermingham; Lennon, Markey, Coleman; D Clarke, Shaw (Hale, 77), McAuley (Walker, 89).
Sligo Rovers – McGinty; Dunleavy (Russell, 75), Leverock, Mahon, Banks; Twardek, Fordyce, Cawley, McFadden (Warde, 61), Donelon (Murray, 65); Parkes.
Ref – J McLoughlin (Roscommon)