ST PAT'S maintained their splendid start to the season when they recorded their fifth straight league success in front of a sizeable crowd at Terryland Park last night.
Mark Quigley's opportunistic strike on the half-hour mark steered Pats to another satisfying win that delighted the vociferous travelling supporters, who ambled away heartened by the character their side demonstrated against a gritty Galway United outfit.
Pats, loaded with confidence after such an electrifying start to the campaign, were busy and industrious early on. John McDonnell has assembled a polished footballing outfit and Pats were eager to deliver another purposeful 90 minutes.
Galway, energetic and positive, tested the visitors with midfielder Derek O'Brien using his pace intelligently.
Although Galway enjoyed some productive moments, it was Pats who pilfered the lead. Stephen Paisley and Gary O'Neill fashioned the opportunity and Quigley provided the ice-cool finish.
Galway responded by creating a flurry of chances, but Barry Ryan was safe and sound between the sticks. Ryan denied Barry Moran with an assured stop, while Galway midfielder John Lester headed Iarlaith Daveron's cross over the bar.
Lester and Stephen O'Flynn drilled crisp shots wide in the third quarter, but the Pats defence, marshalled by the towering Darragh Maguire, was stingy throughout.
The sporting gods have refused to smile on Galway in recent weeks. Despite a string of lively displays, they have only one draw to their credit. In contrast, Pat's can't do anything wrong and three more points have been added to burgeoning their account.
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