Garvan sees red on debut as Maguire strikes
Cork City 1 St Patrick's Ath 0
Owen Garvan was sent off on his debut for St Patrick's Athletic at Turner's Cross following a bust-up in the tunnel as the players made their way to the dressing-room at half-time.
Tempers spilled over after Sean Maguire had converted a penalty kick after Stephen Beattie went down under Billy Dennehy's challenge on the stroke of half-time.
Pat's players were convinced that Beattie had dived and the row continued down the tunnel after Maguire slotted home what proved to be the winner with his 19th league goal of the season.
Neither Garvan nor Saints manager Liam Buckley were available for comment following the game.
Dennehy said: "I didn't see what happened, but playing against a team like that with 11 is hard enough. Being a man down makes it harder again."
Garvan's sending-off changed the course of the encounter as the league leaders strolled through the second half, during which they spurned several chances to put the game to bed.
They were also hwarted by Saints goalkeeper Conor O'Malley, who made a series of great saves - particularly when he somehow kept out Kevin O'Connor's free-kick before stopping Maguire's follow-up.
Achille Campion also had a glorious chance to make sure of the three points following Stephen Dooley's mazy run but blasted the ball over.
"You talk about last Thursday, where there was a packed house, but trying to get themselves going today on a roasting day is mentally much tougher" noted City boss John Caulfield, who was glad to get through another 90 minutes injury-free.
"It wasn't about sending out a message, but mentally to make sure we kept doing what we do best and take the three points."
CORK CITY - McNulty; Beattie, McCarthy, Delaney, O'Connor; McCormack, Buckley; Sadlier (Griffin 72), K Sheppard (Campion 55), S Dooley (Bolger 83); Maguire.
ST PATRICK'S ATH - O'Malley; Barker, Balk, Desmond, Bermingham; Kelly, Brennan, Garvan; C Byrne (K Byrne 78), Fagan (J O'Hanlon 66), Lunney (B Dennehy 38).
REF - B Connolly