Kieran Sadlier scored twice as the champions Cork City battled to a hard-fought 3-1 win over St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.
Sadlier had given the visitors the lead from the spot early before Conan Byrne scored a deservedly equaliser for the Saints just past the hour.
Jimmy Keohane put the visitors back in front with a spectacular curling shot before Sadlier made sure of the points as he scored into an empty net from his own half in injury time.
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