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Billy King of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Deshane Dalling of Cork City. Photo:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Billy King of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Deshane Dalling of Cork City. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Billy King of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Deshane Dalling of Cork City. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A pair of early goals helped St Pat's move up to fourth place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

An Alan Bennett own goal and a strike from Jordan Gibson gave Stephen O'Donnell's visitors an early cushion, and they could, and should, have been out of sight before City captain GearĂ³id Morrissey gave the Rebel Army some hope before half-time.

Pat's bossed the first half, with Chris Forrester testing Mark McNulty in the seventh minute and, from the resultant corner, captain Robbie Benson's delivery bounced off Bennett and in.

The lead was doubled as Gibson's persistence was rewarded when he kept a chance alive before slotting past McNulty. There were further chances for him, Jason McClelland, Forrester and Georgie Kelly as Pat's dominated the exchanges.

However, City - who brought on Ricardo Dinanga and Henry Ochieng just after the half-hour mark - were back in the game in injury time thanks to Morrissey, who reacted when a ball broke in the box and fired to the net.

City offered more of an attacking threat in the second half, with defender Joseph Olowu skewing a volley well wide, while Kevin O'Connor had a free-kick deflected off-target.

CORK CITY: McNulty; Kargbo, Olowu, Bennett, K O'Connor; Coleman (Galvin 88), Morrissey; D O'Connor (Ochieng 32), Dalling, McGlade (Dinanga 32); Elliott (Fenwick 73).

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC: Clarke; Feely, McNally, Desmond, Griffin; Lennon, Benson; McClelland, Forrester (Markey 90), Gibson; Kelly (King 77).

Referee: D Tomney (Dublin).