Liam Buckley's Saints sealed an eighth SSE Airtricity League win in a row as goals from Chris Forrester and Morgan Langley sealed a 2-0 result for St Patrick's Athletic over Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.
The Saints produced a great performance to take the three points on the night, their second win over the Hoops in the space of 5 days having knocked out Pat Fenlon's side of the EA Sports Cup in last Monday's Semi-Final.
The Saints started brightly with their crisp passing style coming to the fore, however the hosts too threatened at time in the opening quarter, however they failed to test Saints' keeper Brendan Clarke.
19 year old striker Jamie McGrath twice had chances to open the scoring for the Saints, having a one-on-one effort saved by Rovers' keeper Craig Hyland and then seeing a free header in the box go wide of goal, before Killian Brennan saw a tremendous 35 yard strike crash off the post. For the Hoops, Brandon Miele had a good chance to open the scoring before half-time, however he shot straight at Clarke.
However the deadlock was broken after half-time, and it was Forrester who continued his fantastic run of form, the midfielder's long range shot proving too much for Hyland who saw the ball slip between his legs and roll into the net.
Rovers pushed on in search of an equaliser, with Mikey Drennan, Gavin Brennan and Miele all going close; Clarke in particular doing well to save one effort from Drennan.
However the Saints always looked dangerous on the counter attack and after chances for Aaron Greene and McGrath had gone close, it was left to substitute Morgan Langley to seal the points. Chasing down a long clearance from Aaron Greene, the Hawaii born Saint forced an error from Hyland, before showing great composure to roll the ball in past the attempts of Gary McCabe to seal a 2-0 win for the Supersaints.
St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; O'Brien (c), Browne (McGuinness 90), Desmond, Bermingham; Byrne (Bayly 90+2), Chambers, Brennan, Forrester, Greene; McGrath (Langley 82).
Subs not used: O'Malley (GK), Rooney, Markey, Verdon.
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