Robbie Keane returned to Dublin on Thursday and had a key role to play in earning Spurs a slender victory against the eircom League of Ireland Premier Division second placed side, St. Patrick's Athletic.
The solitary goal of the game arrived three minutes before half-time when an intricate pass by Danny Murphy provided Keane with a chance and his clinical shot angled past Saints goalkeeper Barry Murphy into the right side of the net.
It was Keane's second goal in as many pre-season games after he netted in Saturday's 2-1 win at Stevenage Borough.
The visitors created several more openings and new signing Gareth Bale looked particularly dangerous from set-pieces, testing Ryan with a free-kick three minutes before Spurs found the breakthrough.
The game provided a useful exercise for St. Pat's ahead of their UEFA Cup first qualifying round tie against Danish outfit Odense BK next Thursday. Manager John McDonnell was able to see recent captures Dave Rogers, Michael Keane, Billy Gibson and Keith Barker in action from the start and also Michal Macek as a substitute.
Worryingly for Pats, though, was the sight of defender Colm Foley being taken from the field on a stretcher just 12 minutes after his introduction at half-time following an awkward fall.