Pic: Sean O’Connor gives a one-finger salute to the St Pat’s fans after red card 9 years ago

Pic: Sean O’Connor gives a one-finger salute to the St Pat’s fans after red card

After yo-yoing between both clubs in recent seasons, Shamrock Rovers’ Sean O’Connor made his feelings to the Pat’s fans pretty clear tonight.

The Dublin Derby tonight in Tallaght was a pretty stormy affair. Shamrock Rovers and St Pat’s shared four goals, two penalties and two red cards but all the positive stuff (the goals and the penalties) were for the Inchicore men while all the misery (red cards) went to Rovers.

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Pat's took the lead after five minutes as Conan Byrne scored the first of his incredible haul of four. Derek Foran then saw red for the home side before Byrne tucked home from the penalty spot.

Byrne made it 3-0 from the spot after 57 minutes but five minutes before that, former Pat’s man O’Connor saw a straight red for a bad tackle on Chris Forrester.

On his way off O'Connor aimed a one-finger salute at the visiting fans. His inevitable ban for the red may get an extra game or two tacked on for that.

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Against nine men. Pat’s were in complete control and Byrne added a fourth just after the hour mark.