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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Brennan helps Saints march on

St Pat’s Ath 1 Waterford 0

Super saint: Ryan Brennan celebrates his goal for St Patrick’s Athletic in last night’s win over Waterford at Richmond Park, Inchicore
Super saint: Ryan Brennan celebrates his goal for St Patrick’s Athletic in last night’s win over Waterford at Richmond Park, Inchicore

Waterford will this week appeal the bans handed down to Bastien Hery and Stanley Aborah for their role in the melee that followed their Munster derby win over Cork City.

And their problems deepened against St Patrick's Athletic at Inchicore last night as they picked up another pair of red cards in a game where they seriously missed the influential midfield duo.

Alan Reynolds' options in that department have been further reduced with first-choice playmaker Gavan Holohan and Estonian Sander Puri red carded by referee Graham Kelly in a lively affair.

Liam Buckley's St Pat's charges are actually an improved operation this term and they burst out of the blocks strongly, with the Blues looking a shadow of the side that prevailed when these teams met at the RSC in February.

The Saints dominated from the outset with slick interplay merged with some good deliveries exposing a makeshift Waterford defence.

Their vulnerabilities were highlighted from a 15th-minute concession with impressive playmaker Darragh Markey sending in a delivery that was glanced home by Ryan Brennan.

Waterford could really have conceded before then with Saints winger Dean Clarke booked for a dive in the box when he appeared to have a valid penalty claim.

The Saints would eventually be awarded a penalty by Graham Kelly as they sought to add to their lead, but they actually didn't want it.

That's because Brennan had fired home a right-footer past Lawrence Vigouroux after Puri's push on Jake Keegan.

Kelly had already pointed to the spot, and the natives howled with frustration when Keegan sent his effort wide of the post.

The let-off galvanised Waterford, with front pair Courtney Duffus and Izzy Akinade dangerous, but hope evaporated within five minutes of the restart when Estonian international Puri, who had been booked for his role in the penalty, was given a second yellow by Kelly for simulation.

And they were properly snookered when Holohan was sent for an early shower for a tackle on Markey, with the Kilkenny man protesting his innocence.

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