Ryan Brennan swoops for the only goal as St Pats win at Limerick
LIMERICK 0 ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC 1
DESPITE being second best for large spells at Markets Field, St Patrick’s Athletic made their opportunities count as Ryan Brennan struck the winner on 71 minutes to punish a moment of sloppiness from Limerick.
Killian Brouder’s poor clearance fell to the feet of Brennan, who swept the ball beyond Brendan Clarke to give the visitors the three points.
In an exciting contest with plenty of fiery challenges, both goalkeepers produced a plethora of excellent saves.
Limerick asked a few questions of the St Pat’s defence in the first half and young winger Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen looked poised to score in the 19th minute after being played through by Danny Morrissey, only for a superb tackle from Kevin Toner.
At the other end, Jake Keegan went close with a volleyed effort before Shane Duggan drew a fine reaction save from Murphy, and from the resulting corner St Pat’s scrambled the ball off the line.
Amid a frenetic start to the second half, Morrissey chested the ball down and shot, prompting a superb stop from Murphy, before St Pat’s broke up the other end and Clarke did excellently to deny Keegan.
The Limerick keeper then thwarted Dean Clarke, and Eoin Wearen brilliantly blocked Conan Byrne’s follow-up.
With 19 minutes left, the St Pat’s midfielder seized upon Brouder’s miscued clearance to consign Limerick to a sixth consecutive home loss, as the Blues were left with nothing to show for a spirited performance.
LIMERICK FC – Clarke; Cantwell, Wearen, Brouder, B Dennehy; Clifford, Coleman (M O’Sullivan 82); Fitzgerald (Kearns 68), Duggan, Walsh-O’Loghlen (K O’Sullivan 58); Morrissey.
ST PAT’S –Murphy; Madden, Desmond, Toner, Bermingham; Lennon, K Brennan (Markey 66); C Byrne (T Byrne 90), R Brennan, Clarke; Keegan (Fagan 58).
REF – Ray Matthews (Westmeath)