St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 Cork City 1
Once again inspired by the in-form Roy O'Donovan, champions Cork City remain well on course for Europe with this win at Richmond Park.
O'Donovan's set up a second-minute chance that Joe Gamble wasted, before scoring the only goal of the night on 26 minutes.
In a comedy of errors for the home rearguard, Colin O’Brien intercepted Dave Mulcahy’s loose pass to play the ball forward for the run of O'Donovan.
Saints' keeper Barry Ryan raced off his line and got this wires cross with skipper Colm Foley. That allowed O'Donovan nick the ball between the two, run through and from a tight angle shoot home.
Save for half chances from Anto Murphy and Trevor Molloy, Saints struggled to create chances in the second half.
Cork might then have doubled their winning margin on 78 minutes when Neale Fenn turned sweetly to shoot and bring a good tip over save from Ryan.