Fagan double makes it very good Friday for the Saints
St Patrick's Athletic 3 Bohemians 1
The 2,084 people - including President Michael D Higgins - who spent their Good Friday night at Richmond Park weren't short-changed as they were treated to a thrilling Dublin derby.
Christy Fagan's brace ensured that Jason Byrne's wonder goal - his 210th in the league - didn't grab the headlines as Pat's put their midweek Setanta Cup thrashing behind them.
The visitors took the lead after 23 minutes. Craig Walsh played a perfectly weighted pass through for Byrne and after that it was all about the brilliance of the 36-year-old. Byrne took a touch before looking up and spotting Clarke off his line and his sublime chip gave the hapless Brendan Clarke no chance.
Pat's responded well and four minutes later were back on level terms. Conan Byrne, who caused Darragh Reynor problems down the right flank, fired in a cross that Aidan Price failed to deal with.
The ball fell for Fagan and Pat's top- scorer dispatched his fifth goal of the season into the corner.
The equaliser sparked Pat's and the crowd into life and Byrne almost put them in front, but for a fine save from Lee Murphy. The Bohs 'keeper was called into action a minute later and this time he tipped Fagan's header around the post to keep it level at the break.
Pat's twice came close before the hour mark. Fagan tested Murphy from long range and but for a finger tip save, Pat's would have gone in front. When Chris Forrester somehow fired over the bar from all of three yards out, you wondered if it would be another frustrating evening for Pat's.
But Fagan made sure Pat's wouldn't rue a host of missed opportunities when he slammed the ball home from close range.
Forrester atoned for his glaring miss 12 minutes from time when he slotted past Murphy to ensure that it was a good Friday for Pat's.
St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien (capt) (McCormack 80), Browne, Hoare, Bermingham; Fahey, Chambers (Verdon 89), Lynch, Byrne, Forrester; Fagan (Kavanagh 86).
Bohemians – Murphy; Pender, Lopes, Price, Reynor; Mulcahy (capt), Walsh (Beattie 61), Mulligan (Moore h/t), Buckley (Kavanagh 77), McEvoy; Byrne.
Referee – G Kelly (Cork).