Goals from Ryan Guy and Alex Williams secured an opening night Airtricity League win for St Pat's against ten-man Galway United at Richmond Park.
Guy opened the scoring with a neat shot from the left on eight minutes that Galway goalkeeper Barry Ryan should really have stopped.
Galway were dealt a blow when Stephen O'Donnell was dismissed after a second yellow card on 17 minutes.
Pats then wrapped up the points on 69 minutes when Galway failed to clear Gareth Coughlan's cross and Williams pounced to rifle past Ryan.
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