A goal from Dean Kelly handed St Patrick's Athletic the perfect start to the season with a home win over Bray Wanderers.
The only goal came from Dean Kelly in a game that saw both sides finish with ten men.
Jason Byrne had a great chance to open the scoring for Bray Wanderers after 12 minutes after he got his head to Adam Hanlon corner kick but he couldn't hit the target from close range.
The decisive score of the game came after 15 minutes. Sean O'Connor whipped in the corner and Kelly rose to head past Darren Quigley.
Defender Dean Zambra cleared off the line, but assistant referee Emmet Dynan signalled the ball had crossed the line.
Sean O'Connor should have added a second for St Pat's on the stroke of half time. He latched onto a long ball from Brendan Clarke; raced one on one with the keeper but fired his low shot wide of the target.
The Saints had a good call for a penalty on the hour mark. John
Russell was fouled by Sean Houston on the end of the area but referee Alan Kelly adjudged the foul to have been outside and a free kick was awarded.
Jason Byrne had a shooting chance from the edge of the box for Bray, but the veteran striker fired just wide.
The introduction of Stephen O'Flynn allowed Pat's to press again in search of a second but it never arrived. His best chance came after good build up play between himself and Dean Kelly, but he couldn't keep his header down.
Dave Webster was first to get a red card after 78 minutes after he was given a second yellow card after pulling back the on-rushing Jake Kelly.
The numbers were levelled up with five minutes to go after Jake Kelly was given a straight red after a kick-out on Dane Massey.