St Pat's back to winning ways with Ian Bermingham strike against Wexford Youths
Wexford Youths 0 St Patrick's Athletic 1
Ian Bermingham got St Patrick’s back to winning ways in the league with a delightfully taken first half winner at Ferrycarrig Park.
Though they dominated for good spells, St Pat’s had to endure a nervous finish as they held on for victory to end a run of four straight league defeats.
While Youths had played at Finn Harps on Friday night, it was no surprise that St Pat’s, playing their first game in 11 days, looked much fresher as they duly dominated the first half.
After a sluggish opening, Saints’ Graham Kelly brought the game to life in the gloomy drizzle on four minutes, his shot from distance deflecting off Gary Delaney for the first corner of the game.
Kelly was there again minutes later to force the first save of the game. St Pat’s skipper Ger O’Brien’s diagonal ball from the right found midfielder Kelly whose looping header had to be tipped over the bar by Graham Doyle.
Kelly then started a move deep in his own half which involved O’Brien and Conan Byrne, who crossed, for Mark Timlin to bring a second decent save from Doyle with a header five minutes later.
St Pat’s remained well in control of the game and they punished some sloppy Youths play to take a deserved lead on 27 minutes.
The home side gave the ball away cheaply in the middle of the park. St Pat’s left-back Bermingham latched onto it, surged forward to work a one-two with Christy Fagan before showing the composure of a striker to calmly side-foot to the corner of the net.
The Youths keeper and skipper remained busy before the interval, saving a low drive from Fagan before getting down to clasp Conan Byrne’s diving header.
Doyle then produced the save of the game on 75 minutes, diving full stretch to his left to push Billy Dennehy strike from the edge of the area out for a corner.
Youths came alive as they chased the game late on with Danny Furlong not far over the top with a spectacular overhead
Wexford Youths: Doyle; McCabe, G. Delaney, Last, Grace; Friel (Keenan, 61), Bonner, Kenny (Dempsey, 83), Dunne (O’Keeffe, 77); Mulligan; Furlong.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Clarke; O’Brien, Hoare, D. Dennehy, Birmingham; Treacy, Kelly (Verdon, 87); Byrne, Timlin (Kisella, 83), B. Dennehy; Fagan.
Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).