MARK QUIGLEY'S 23rd goal of the season for St Patrick's Athletic keeps the title race going for another week at least, as his 50th-minute strike gave Johnny McDonnell's team a narrow win over troubled Finn Harps at Ballybofey last night.
Keith Fahey and Glenn Fitzpatrick combined to set up Quigley who, after spinning around Declan Boyle, drove low into the bottom corner.
Pats and Quigley had a glorious chance to make it two six minutes later when Jonathan Minnock was penalised for upending Ryan Guy inside the area, but goalkeeper James Gallagher got down well to keep out Quigley's spot-kick.
Gallagher came to the rescue again 20 minutes from time when he brilliantly saved from Guy's close-range effort.
Harps, whose staff earlier this week accepted a 50pc wage cut, were first to threaten when Conor Gethins saw his shot trickle wide on seven minutes.
At the other end, Quigley's goal-bound volley cannoned off Boyle and Harps breathed a sigh of relief when Aaron Labonte deflected Guy's teasing delivery over the bar.
Chris Breen came close to firing the home team in front, but he curled wide from 15 yards before the same player forced Ryan into conceding a corner with a low drive moments later.
But, it was Quigley who emerged the match-winner just after the restart as Pats took the points.
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