Second half goals from Eamon Zayed and veteran Colm Tresson helped Bray Wanderers make a winning start to the Premier Division campaign on Friday night, in the process going some way towards dispelling the doom-sayers who had predicted a woeful campaign for the Seagulls.
A series of pre-season friendly defeats had the Bray fans fretting, but they coped well to make a winning start to their first campaign back in the top flight.
The opening goal came after an hour, Zayed getting on the end of Ciaran Ryan’s ball to beat Barry Ryan in the Saints’ goal.
And Tresson sent the home supporters wild with the second of the night seven minutes later, firing to the net from the edge of the area.
St Pats striker Robbie Doyle, who had been guilty for Bray’s opener, tried valiantly to atone for his error, hitting the Bray post with one well-struck free kick and then heading past Chris O’Connor five minutes from time to ensure a grandstand finish.
Despite a few nervy moments, Bray held on to seal a vital three points