Cork City began their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign with a defeat as Mikey Drennan’s penalty was the only goal at Richmond Park tonight.
While City had had the better early chances, St Patrick’s Athletic were awarded a spot-kick just before the half-hour when Seán McLoughlin fouled Conor Clifford and Drennan sidefooted past Mark McNulty from 12 yards.
Though City pressed hard in the second half, with Liam Nash and Graham Cummins brought on up front, they were unable to find the net, with Dáire O’Connor and Conor McCarthy going closest.
In the first half, Conor McCarthy had been unlucky to head wide for City from a Shane Griffin free kick while Dáire O’Connor’s cross was met by Garry Buckley, who looked to sent the ball to the net only for Brendan Clarke to pull off a fantastic save.
Unfortunately for City, they couldn’t replicate the quality of those chances late on and they needed a good Mark McNulty save from a long-range Simon Madden effort.
As the game moved into injury time, Dáire O’Connor’s cross was headed wide by Nash and though six minutes of added time were signalled, Pat’s couldn’t be breached.
City’s first home league game is next Friday, when Waterford visit Turner’s Cross.
See tomorrow’s Evening Echo for full analysis and reaction.
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Clarke; Madden, Webster, Toner, Desmond, Bermingham (Coleman 90); Clifford, Lennon, Forrester (Shaw 68), McCabe; Drennan (Miele 84).
CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin, Griffin; McCormack (Nash 76), K O’Connor (Comerford 71); D O’Connor, Buckley, Tilley (Cummins 62); Sheppard.
Referee: N Doyle (Dublin).