Saturday 23 March 2019

Mick McCarthy in attendance as Pats send out early statement with opening day victory over Cork

St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 0

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy looks on during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Michael Ryan/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy looks on during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by Michael Ryan/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

St Patrick's Athletic made an early statement about their potential to challenge for honours in this, their 90th season, with a 1-0 win over Cork City on the opening day of the campaign.

Pat's struggled to deal with Cork last season, earning just one draw from four league meetings, but a Mikey Drennan penalty on 29 minutes was enough to earn them the win in front of a healthy crowd of 3,479 at Richmond Park, Ireland boss Mick McCarthy among the attendance.

Cork had started well, early chances from James Tilley and Dan Casey but the home side took a grip on the game and a foul in the box on Conor Clifford by Shane McLoughlin led to the penalty which debutant Drennan converted.

Chris Forrester, back at Pat's for a second spell, had a quiet night as midfield companions Clifford and Rhys McCabe ran the show, Cork unable to trouble Saints keeper Brendan Clarke bar set-pieces from Kevin O'Connor and a shot from impressive new signing Daire O'Connor and even six minutes of added time could not yield a goal for City.

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