With both sides in desperate need of a win this early in the season, St Pat's made their pressure count at the Carlisle Grounds – taking all three points in the process
Pat's, looking to quickly write the wrongs of last Tuesday's disappointing defeat to Dundalk, began the match brightly as the home side struggled to keep hold of the ball. This trend was to continue, as Wanderers simply couldn't keep up with their opponents from Inchicore.
The Saints remained dominant with the ball throughout the first half, and duly took the lead just after the half hour thanks to Chris Forrester, who calmly placed the ball into the far corner of Darren Quigley’s net following an excellent long ball from Kenny Browne.
The lead was nothing more than the Saints deserved, as the Wanderers defence finally gave way. As the half reached its conclusion, Pat's continued to threaten but, to coach Liam Buckley's frustration, were unable to add to their tally despite having more than 75 per cent of the possession.
Pat Devlin's side needed a response; sadly, for both him and the home fans, the Saints continued to dominate in the second half - desperate for a crucial second goal to put some breathing space between the sides. With this, Bray were allowed space to counter, and should have been level - only for substitute Ismahil Akinade to have his attempt brilliantly saved by Clarke when put through one-on-one.
Unfortunately for Bray, this was to be their chance to take the game to the visitors. Despite an improved offensive display late on, the Saints managed to see out the remainder of the match to claim the spoils – but they had to do it the hard way thanks to some wasteful finishing, and will be thankful keeper Clarke had his golden gloves on when called upon.
The win takes Pat's up to nine points, whilst Bray remain dangerously close to the bottom on four.