Williams punishes Galway
St Pat's Athletic 2 Galway United 0
THE 20 red cards his Dundalk side received last season is said to be a European record -- and Sean Connor's Galway United outfit took just 17 minutes to register their first sending off of the season at Richmond Park.
With it went any hopes of United achieving a positive opening-day result as they had already fallen behind to an eighth-minute Ryan Guy goal.
Galway's defence looked suspect throughout and the opener came after an error from Thomas Heary, who gave the ball away to Stuart Byrne in front of the 18-yard box and he slipped in Guy, who rifled in off the near post.
Soon after, Stephen O'Donnell was booked for a needless challenge and just two minutes later received a second yellow for diving.
The game petered out in the second half, but Alex Williams had time to score for his new club on 69 minutes when he had ample time in the box to stroke home after Galway defender Jamie McKenzie failed to deal with the impressive Gareth Coughlan's cross.
ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers, Lynch, Kenna, Gurthrie, Bermingham (Pender 85); Coughlan (Cash 72), Byrne, Mulcahy, Guy; Williams, Faherty (Byrne 82).
GALWAY -- Ryan, Conneely, Heary, McKenzie, Meynell; Foley (Creaney 85), Curran, O'Donnell, O'Brien; Molloy (McBrien 66), Sheppard.
REF -- P Sutton (Clare).