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Flood and Russell sink Cork to keep Saints hot on leaders' trail

St Patrick's Athletic stretched their unbeaten run to seven games as a goal in either half from Anto Flood and John Russell gave them a deserved win away to Cork City.

The Saints were full value for the win, dominating for long spells against a Cork side bereft of ideas in attack.

The opening goal arrived midway through the first half when Chris Forrester struck a teasing cross in from the left and Flood connected with his head to direct the ball behind him and into the far corner.

Cork should probably have levelled it up 10 minutes later when a mistake from Forrester, who failed to put enough pace on a back-pass, enabling Daryl Kavanagh to intercept.

Up against his former club, however, the striker took the wrong option by trying to chip the ball over Brendan Clarke, as the 'keeper got a hand to his effort.

City looked tired and lacked fresh ideas against a mean Pat's defence and they were second best for the most part in midfield, with Greg Bolger setting the tempo.

Russell who doubled the advantage three minutes into the second half.

A fluid move saw the midfielder play a quick one-two with Flood and with City static, he curled a sumptuous effort into the bottom right corner of the net.

Christy Fagan was upended by Gearoid Morrissey with just five minutes to go. The striker took it himself but Mark McNulty got down well to save.

Cork City – McNulty; Dunleavy, Dennehy, D Murray, Murphy; Turner (D Morrissey 56), Duggan, Healy, G Morrissey; D Horgan (Rundle 70); D Kavanagh (Behan 70).

St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien, Browne, Kenna, Bermingham; Byrne, Brennan (McFaul 90), Bolger, Russell, Forrester; Flood (Fagan 73).

Ref – R Rogers (Dublin).

Irish Independent