Rory Patterson bags 50th goal for Derry City in victory against Bray

Rory Patterson (right) bagged his 50th goal for Derry City
Rory Patterson (right) bagged his 50th goal for Derry City

Rory Patterson may have experienced a lean start to the season, but the striker added another brace to his tally during his comprehensive win over Bray at the Brandywell on Sunday night.

The Strabane man’s second goal signalled his 50th since joining Derry City a few seasons ago.

And having scored 10 goals in 72 hours without conceding, Derry boss Peter Hutton was a predictably happy man as he now turns his attentions to the visit of Shakhtyor Soligorsk to the Foyleside venue this Thursday evening in the Europa League.

“I’m very happy with the effort put in, particularly after after our victory in Wales on Thursday night,” said Hutton.

“The players have clearly risen to the challenges put in front of them and their spirit and dedication has been top class.

“We’re playing good football, scoring goals for fun and, just as important, we not conceding, so I’ve no complaints.”

While Patterson has bounced back to form, Patrick McEleney also displayed his sublime scoring talents when also recording a brace during the opening period.

The 21-year-old let fly from 30 yards in the 11th minute, Bray keeper Stephen McGuinness failing to keep the ball out of his net despite getting a hand to it.

And in the 32nd minute McEleney controlled Patterson’s pass from the half-way line, before skilfully lifting the ball over the advancing Stephen McGuinness to find the unguarded net.

Derry struck again in the in the 63rd minute, Michael Duffy played McEleney in and his low drive across the six yards box was side-footed home by Patterson to make it 3-0.

Patterson then doubled his tally in the 76th minute, driving the ball through a ruck of players following a corner.

And Derry debutante Stephen Dooley ended the rout in the 89th minute when firing the ball home from close range after Stephen Lowry’s shot had been deflected into his path.