Derry City beaten at Brandywell by St Patrick’s

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton

DERRY CITY 0 ST PATRICK’S ATH 3

Derry City faced their fifth defeat on home soil as St. Patrick’s Athletic enjoyed another impressive performance at a blustery Brandywell on Friday night.

Exhibiting incisive passing coupled with swift movement, the men from Inchicore worked the ball forward effortlessly when playing against the breeze and having scored on each side of the interval, this result was settled well before the 90 minutes had elapsed, Pat’s driving the final nail into the Derry coffin during injury time.

That said, Derry started brightly with the wind at their backs and within seconds of the kick-off, Patrick McEleney’s appeal for a penalty when challenged by Jason McGuinness were dismissed by referee, Derek Tomney.

However, showing great patience, the “Saints” accurate passing and swift movement reaped dividends in the 26th minute.

Shane McEleney’s attempted clearance was deflected into the path of Aaron Greene and the winger took full advantage when guiding the ball beyond the reach of Doherty to break the deadlock.

Pat’s gained great confidence from that strike with Greene bringing the best out of Doherty in the 42nd minute, the Derry keeper parrying his stinging strike.

With the wind at their backs, St. Pat’s deservedly doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half and, from a Derry City viewpoint, it was a very poor goal to concede.

Having won a free-kick, 20 yards from goal, Killian Brennan stepped over the ball allowing James Chambers to drill a low shot wide of the defensive well, the ball finding its way into the bottom corner of the net.

Chris Forrester netted Pat’s third when Pat’s hit on the break, the winger weaving his way into the area before rounding Doherty and gleefully guiding the ball home and condewn Derry to another defeat.

Derry City: Doherty; S. Kelly (Harkin, 84), S. McEleney, Barry, Jarvis; Daniels, Lowry, McNamee, Curran; P. McEleney (G. Kelly, 77); Morrison (Curtis, 68).

St. Pat’s Athletic: Clarke; O’Brien (Hoare, 60), McGuinness, Desmond, Bermingham; Bolger, Chambers (McCormack, 82); Forrester, Brennan, Greene; Fagan (McGrath, 77).

Referee: D. Tomney (Dublin)