KURTIS Byrne’s 61st minute strike was enough to give Dundalk their third consecutive win in Dublin as the Lilywhites beat St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 at Richmond Park on Tuesday night.
Byrne pounced on a bad error by Pat’s goalkeeper Brendan Clarke, who mis-controlled a sloppy backpass by Ger O’Brien, to roll the ball into the net and send the visiting fans into raptures.
The goal arrived just two minutes after Conan Byrne had deservedly pulled Pat’s level, the veteran turning home an Ian Bermingham cross after Peter Cherrie had parried a shot by the Pat’s left-back.
Earlier, Dundalk scored for the first time in a first-half this season when John Dillon tucked away his third penalty of the campaign in the 40th minute after Keith Ward was hauled down by O’Brien just seconds after Clarke had tipped a Byrne shot onto the post.
The goal was just rewards for Dundalk’s play in the first-half with Kenny’s side enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territorial advantage.
The introduction of Killian Brennan and Conan Byrne at the break spurred the home side on and it was no surprise when Liam Buckley’s men drew level in the 59th minute.
However it was the visitors who had the final say when Byrne scored the winner two minutes later as Kenny’s side ended a 20-year wait for three successive wins in the capital.
DUNDALK: Peter Cherrie; John Sullivan, Andy Boyle, Mark Rossiter ©, Dane Massey; John Dillon (Darren Meenan 78), John Mountney (Chris Shields 50), Keith Ward (Stephen McDonnell 67), Richie Towell; Vinny Faherty, Kurtis Byrne. Unused subs: Eoghan Osborne, Patrick Hoban, Tiarnan Mulvenna, Aaron Shanahan (GK).
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien, Kenny Browne, Conor Kenna ©, Ian Bermingham; Jake Carroll (Conan Byrne HT), Greg Bolger, Sean Gannon (Anto Flood 77); Jake Kelly (Killian Brennan HT), Christy Fagan, Chris Forrester. Unused subs: Aidan Price, John Russell, Jordan Keegan, Dave Ryan (GK).
REFEREE: Alan Kelly.