St Pat's made it three wins out of three over Dundalk this season at a wet Richmond Park, writes Mark Cummins.
Pat's took the points after Gareth O'Connor blasted a powerful drive past Peter Cherrie into the top right corner of the net at the Kilmainham end on 74 minutes.
In a cracking opening, Alex Williams went close to opening the scoring for Dundalk after just 33 seconds. He raced onto a Chris Turner pass and struck a low shot but Gary Rogers in the Pat's goal cleared the ball to safety.
Pat's had a good start and Ryan Guy did well after seven minutes to get a shot on target but Dundalk keeper Cherrie wasn't seriously troubled.
The game quietened somewhat with neither side having the upper hand. Dundalk passed the ball around creatively and carved out chances but were let down by their finishing.
So were Pat's, with Glen Fitzpatrick blasting high and wide on 28 minutes when well placed and O'Connor not testing Cherrie to much with his shot after 35 minutes.
Pat's threatened on 42 when Fitzpatrick got on the end of a Jason Gavin cross. With Damien Lynch well placed Fitzpatrick was possibly caught in two minds and got a weak connection on the ball that allowed Cherrie save.
Kevin McKinlay went close for Dundalk on 55 minutes, having latched onto to a Turner ball deep on the right, but Rogers made the save.
Dundalk sub Darren Mansaram did well to get the better of Jamie Harris just outside the centre circle and made a darting run toward goal but then slipped and lost possession in the box.
Pat's took the lead after 74 minutes when a Ryan ball in the middle was pounced on by O'Connor who blasted a powerful drive past Cherrie into the top right corner of the net at the Kilmainham end.
Fitzpatrick went close to making it 2-0 on 87 with a fantastic shot from a Ryan pass but Cherrie again made the save.