Two goals in the first nine minutes saw St. Patrick's Athletic beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1 at Richmond Park, and overtake Drogheda United to move to within six points of league leaders Sligo Rovers.
A handball from Stephen O'Donnell in the fifth minute saw Pat's awarded an early spot kick, which Sean O'Connor slotted past Oscar Jansson. Saints doubled their lead in the ninth minute through Jake Carroll's individual effort.
Brian Laws' men tried to force their way back into the tie, and went close through Ciaran Kilduff just a few minutes later. However, Barry Murphy reacted quickly in the Pat's goal to get down to Kilduff's shot. Christy Fagan should have put the hosts 3-0 up just before the half hour mark, but wasn't selfish enough and a great opportunity was wasted.
Gary McCabe was one of the standout performers for the Hoops, as he was often their most creative outlet, but was lucky not to be sent off after a scuffle with Sean O'Connor after 60 minutes. In fact, it was McCabe who gave Hoops a lifeline 12 minutes from time with a long-range strike.
McCabe was involved once again in stoppage time, sending in a free-kick which was met by Jake Carroll, but the ball bounced off the post as St. Pat's held out to win 2-1 and move up to second in the Airtricity Premier Division table.