Eoin Doyle scored twice to give St Patrick's Athletic a hat-trick of wins over bottom side UCD who had both manager Andy Myler and his assistant Willie O’Connor sent to the stand.

Despite dominating the ball for much of the first half, St Pat's had goalkeeper Joseph Anang to thank for not finding themselves behind at the interval.

Saints' passing game stretched UCD early on, testing Kian Moore for the first time on 11 minutes.

Anto Breslin and Mark Doyle worked the ball to Darragh Burns who skipped between two defenders to force a save from the College keeper.

Though continuing to enjoy all the possession, the home side were labouring to hurt UCD in the final third.

Eoin Doyle got his first sight of goal on 21 minutes, turning smartly from a Sam Curtis cross to force a corner off defender Eric Yoro.

But Saints survived a scare on 26 minutes from UCD’s first foray forward, Dara Keane just failing to get a decent connection to an Evan Osam cross.

Service soon resumed at the other end. A mistake by Sam Todd gifted the ball to opposite skipper Chris Forrester whose attempted chip was grasped by Moore.

The UCD keeper wasn’t so assured minutes later, coming for but failing to collect Joe Redmond’s looping ball into his area.

Mark Doyle failed to capitalise, hooking the loose ball over the bar.

Moore was better on 34 minutes, tipping Mark Doyle’s stooping header from McClelland’s corner over the top.

Mark Doyle of St Patrick's Athletic in action against Michael Gallagher of UCD

Eoin Doyle provided a reprieve from the pressure on the UCD goal when shooting wide from close in from McClelland’s fifth corner of the game.

Anang wasn’t worked until the 39th minute, tipping over Dylan Duffy’s header from a Donal Higgins free kick.

The St Pat’s keeper then had to produce a double save in stoppage time when UCD carved Saints open a little too easily.

Sean Brennan and Keane set up Mark Dignam to bring a fine parry save from Anang who got to his feet promptly to gather Brennan’s follow-up shot.

St Pat’s finally found a clinical edge from the resumption and were ahead five minutes in.

A surging run from Mark Doyle opened UCD up.

Forrester delivered the cross for Eoin Doyle whose header found the net despite Moore getting a hand to the looping effort.

UCD were fuming three minutes later when they felt Saints’ 16-year-old defender Curtis should have received more than a yellow card for a last-man challenge on Keane looked through on goal.

His assistant O’Connor and then College boss Myler were first yellow carded and then sent off for dissent in the following minutes.

A penalty then doubled St Pat’s lead on 73 minutes when Evan Caffrey clumsily pulled down sub Ben McCormack.

Eoin Doyle sent Moore the wrong way from the spot for his seventh league goal of the season.

Substitute Alex Nolan got a goal back for UCD on 87 minutes with a low drive to the net, but it proved a mere consolation.

St Patrick's Athletic: Joseph Anang; Sam Curtis (James Abankwah 77), Joe Redmond, Tom Grivosti, Anot Breslin (Ian Bermingham 77); Adam O’Reilly, Jay McClelland (Ben McCormack 59); Darragh Burns (Jack Scott 85), Chris Forrester, Mark Doyle (Tunde Owolabi 77); Eoin Doyle.

UCD: Kian Moore; Michael Gallagher, Eric Yoro (Ryan Bowden 70), Sam Todd, Evan Osam; Sean Brennan (Alex Nolan 75), Dara Keane; Mark Dignam (Tommy Lonergan 63), Evan Caffrey, Donal Higgins (Liam Kerrigan 63); Dylan Duffy.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).