Hagan hits in free-kick to wrap up win for the Saints

St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.
St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.

Conor Hagan’s touch of class proved decisive to seal full points for 10-man St Mary’s.

Hagan, the Saints’ player/manager, steered home a free-kick late in the first half with what proved the key moment in the derby battle with Broomhill.

A dismissal inside the opening half-hour period left St Mary’s on the backfoot in terms of numbers but both sets of players struggled to carve out scoring opportunities.

A strong wind disrupted the standard of football but Hagan made his mark with set-piece success on 40 minutes.

Sean Brady had an opportunity to find the net but, ultimately, a single goal secured victory.

“It was a test of character with 10 men,” said St Mary’s Gerry Fay. “It was great to get the win under those circumstances.”