A brace with either foot from striker Danny North kept St Patrick's Athletic's title challenge very much alive in Richmond Park last night, as they eventually saw off Sligo Rovers to narrow the gap with Shamrock Rovers to just three points.
Pat's enjoyed a dream start to the game with a fantastic individual strike after just four minutes from North, who drilled home superbly from 30 yards with his right foot following a fine run from deep.
Sligo had their first real opening of the game on 32 minutes through Alan Kirby, although Pat's went much closer to scoring nine minutes later when Stephen Bradley's shot went narrowly past the right-hand post after good link-up play with Daryl Kavanagh.
A let-off for Sligo and they took full of advantage just a minute before the break when Kirby drilled home from 18 yards after Aaron Greene delivered a cross from the left.
In the second half, midfielder Paul Crowley and Kavanagh both went close to restoring the Saints lead.
The final half hour saw both sides cancel each other out until added-time, when North fired an unstoppable shot past Ciaran Kelly with his left peg via the underside of the crossbar in the 94th minute to give Pete Mahon's troops all three points.
ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers; Harney, Shorthall, E McMillan, Pender; Murphy (Keegan 65), Bradley, Crowley (Mulcahy 88), Doyle; Kavanagh, North.
SLIGO ROVERS -- Kelly; Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Davoren; Ndo, Ryan, Russell (Horgan 72), Kirby (Ventre 72); Doyle (Blinkhorn 81), Greene.
REF -- P Tuite (Dublin).