The battle of the managerial cousins went the way of St Patrick's Athletic's Jeff Kenna as his side edged out a brave bid by Pat Scully's Limerick at Jackman Park.
Anthony Costigan proved a super sub for the Saints and after his introduction in the 39th minute, he popped up to head the winner after 66 minutes. He rose highest and his effort went in off the woodwork in what was one of the few chances created by the visitors on the night.
But after conceding the goal, Limerick piled on the pressure and Tommy Barrett dispossessed Bobby Ryan in midfield to create a chance for Colin Scanlon. His shot was spilled by 'keeper Gary Rogers and a grateful David Partidge scrambled clear.
The best chance of the first half fell to Dave Ryan who was set-up by Paul Walsh, but from just 15 yards Ryan hit his shot wide when it seemed easier to score. Jamie Wunch went close late on, but Pat's managed to hold on for the victory.
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