Sunday 19 November 2017

Hero Clarke keeps Saints at bay

St Patrick's Ath 0 Limerick 2

St Patrick's Athletic's Josh O'Hanlon and Limerick's Robbie Williams battle it out for possession. Photo: Sportsfile
St Patrick's Athletic's Josh O'Hanlon and Limerick's Robbie Williams battle it out for possession. Photo: Sportsfile

Brendan Clarke saved a penalty against his former club as goals from Tony Whitehead and John O'Flynn gave Limerick a big win at Richmond Park.

Showing no signs of their managerial upheaval during the week, interim boss Willie Boland's Limerick dominated the first half with Saints' keeper Conor O'Malley forced into stops from Rodrigo Tosi, Shane Duggan and Chiedozie Ogbene before they deservedly took a 26th-minute lead.

Limerick FC's Chris Mulhall in action against St Patrick's Athletic's Ian Bermingham. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick FC's Chris Mulhall in action against St Patrick's Athletic's Ian Bermingham. Photo: Sportsfile

Skipper Duggan put a low free-kick into the St Pat's area from the left where defender Whitehead got a touch to flick the ball past O'Malley.

There was far more to St Pat's play on the resumption with Conan Byrne heading wide before Kurtis Byrne brought a terrific one-handed save from Clarke.

Limerick then had a miraculous let-off on 64 minutes after conceding a penalty for a handball.

Conan Byrne stepped up, but former team-mate Clarke dived the right way to save. Ian Bermingham then saw his follow-up shot come back off a post. Substitute O'Flynn then sealed Limerick's win with their second goal on the counter-attack on 83 minutes.

Limerick's Tony Whitehead celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick's Tony Whitehead celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Sportsfile

Clarke's clearance found Ogbene who put O'Flynn through to slide past O'Malley.

St Patrick's Athletic - O'Malley; Barker, Peers, Desmond, Bermingham; Cregg, Lunney (Kelly, 69); C Byrne, A O'Hanlon (Markey, 81), K Byrne; J O'Hanlon (Keena, 77).

Limerick - Clarke; Kelly, Whitehead, Williams, Robson; Duggan, O'Conor; Mulhall (Clarke, 69), Lynch, Ogbene (Turner, 88); Tosi (O'Flynn, 73).

Ref - P McLaughlin (Donegal)

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