GARETH MAHER - Sunday, April 25, 2010
Ryan Guy and St. Patrick's Athletic moved back to joint-top of the Airtricity League Premier Division with victory over Sligo Rovers, while Chris Konopka played his part in Waterford United's win against Finn Harps.
St. Patrick's Athletic 1-0 Sligo Rovers
For the third time in less than two weeks St Pat's inflicted defeat on Sligo as they ensured that they stayed on the top of the table alongside Dundalk.
Guy was restored back to the starting line-up along with Damian Lynch, Stuart Byrne and Dave Mulcahy after the quartet were rested for the midweek triumph over Bray Wanderers.
The visitors started on a lively note with debutant Joseph Ndo displaying moments of class to create openings and even came close to scoring with a curling effort.
St Pat's have transformed into a dangerous counter attacking team and Guy is key to how they play, so it was hardly surprising that he helped ignite their first attack of the game that ended with David McAllister forcing keeper Richard Brush into a fine save.
On 57 minutes McAllister lit up the scoreboard in favor of the home team when his effort from long distance carried just the right amount of power to evade Brush and smash into the back of the net.
Vinny Faherty and Paul Byrne both had chances to increase the lead, but as Guy was replaced by Brian Cash on 82 minutes the hosts knew that they had done enough to claim the three points.
Waterford United 2-0 Finn Harps
Konopka racked up another shut out as Waterford further extended their lead at the top of the First Division table with their fourth home win of the season.
The New Jersey native showed that he was fully alert when Harps midfielder Marc Brolly attempted to lob him early on, but he gathered the ball with relative ease.
The Blues took the lead on 25 minutes when Vinny Sullivan turned superbly to fire in a low shot after George O'Callaghan had picked out his team-mate with an excellent cross.
Just after the restart Kevin Murray put the home team 2-0 up as he connected with a cross from O'Callaghan to direct a powerful header into the back of the net.
To make matters worse for Harps they had Michael Funston sent off in injury time for an over-the-top tackle on Timmy Purcell.
Konopka had little to do throughout, but he will be pleased to have overcome his knee injury and to get more game-time under his belt.