STRIKE DUO HIT FORM
John O'Flynn and Neale Fenn, Cork City's first-choice strike duo, hit the target to help Pat Dolan's side to the three points against the manager's former side St Patrick's Athletic on Friday night.
O'Flynn had passed a fitness test after shaking off a head cold, while Fenn went into the game under a cloud after admitting to a loss of form in recent weeks.
But the pair each found the net to inflict more misery on Pats, who fell to their second defeat in five days to remain just three points off the foot of the table.
Pats were out of luck early on as Paul Osam rose characteristically well in the box but his header hit the post and rebounded harmlessly away.
However, Cork were threatening at the other end and had come close on a couple of occasions by the time O'Flynn opened the scoring on 17 minutes.
Dan Murray, back in the side in central defence, headed goalwards and after Chris Adamson's save O'Flynn was on hand to force the ball over the line.
Pats regained parity when Darragh Maguire headed a Keith Fahey free past Michael Devine in the 34th minute, but they were behind again just 90 seconds later as Fenn fired a shot past Adamson for what proved to be the winner.
Pats showed plenty of promise after the break, Devine saving well on two occasions from Tony Bird, and Aidan O'Keeffe looked to be brought down by the keeper in the 67th minute but referee Damien Hancock waved away the Saints' claims.