IRE Prem
Date: 7:05 p.m. May 4, 2012
Venue: Maginn Park
Ref: Tom Connolly
Att: 1,250 (est)

Scored: 45'
- Darren Meenan 45'

Scored: 64'
- Sean O'Connor 64'



Derry City 0-2 St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, May 04 2012

 

St Patrick’s Athletic continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thoroughly deserved away win against a lacklustre Derry City at the Brandywell tonight.

 

Liam Buckley’s men made up the better side in every department and Candystripes boss Declan Devine will be very disappointed with the listless display produced by his side, especially at home.

 

The first half produced very few clear chances but began with some good football from both sides.

 

In the 9th minute a swift St Pat’s break saw Chris Forrester force a fine save from Gerard Doherty whilst at the other end in the 15th minute a David McDaid snap shot brought the best out of Brendan Clarke.

 

In the 24th minute Christy Fagan and Ruadhri Higgins tangled in the Derry box and the St Pat’s striker was furious when not awarded a penalty though, in fairness to the referee, there seemed very little in it.

 

The first yellow card of the game was shown to Stephen McLaughlin for a high foot but the Derry winger seemed unlucky as it appeared a harsh call

 

Just as it seemed a quiet first half was about to end, a seemingly harmless ball was floated in from the right. However, the Derry centre halves were nowhere to be seen and Darren Meenan got on the end of it and looped a header over Gerard Doherty and into the net to give the visitors the half time advantage.

 

Derry City began the second half with a touch more urgency but the first chance fell to Pats striker Christy Fagan. He was sent clean through on goal but a great save from Doherty kept the score at 1-0 when perhaps the striker should have done better.

 

Straight away the excellent John Russell tested Doherty again, only for Stephen McLaughlin to break and face down Brendan Clarke and put the ball in the back of the net at the other end. Unfortunately for him, play was pulled back for offside – much to Derry’s chagrin.

 

At that juncture, St Pat’s were controlling the game and were rewarded with a second in the 64th minute when a tame Sean O'Connor shot squirmed through the arms of Gerard Doherty to double the Dubliners’ lead.

 

For the rest of the game, although Derry did try to press, they never really looked like troubling a very well organised St Pat’s team and, when the referee finally blew for full time, there was no doubt that the better side on the night had triumphed.

 

Declan Devine will have to go back to the drawing board if he wants to bring his side’s league form back to the level it was at last year. Liam Buckley, on the other hand, will gain great confidence as his side maintain the pace that Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers have set.

 

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Eddie McCallion (Shane McEleney 54), Ryan McBride (Ryan Curran 82), Dermot McCaffrey; Barry McNamee (Brian McGroary 54), Barry Molloy, Ruaidhri Higgins, Stephen McLaughlin; David McDaid, Rory Patterson.

Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Michael Barr, Caiomhin Bonner, Matthew Crossan.

Bookings: McLaughlin (37), Molloy (70).

 

St Patrick's Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O'Brien, Kenny Browne, Conor Kenna, Ian Bermingham; Mark Rossiter (Darren Meenan 7), John Russell, Greg Bolger, Sean O'Connor (Jake Kelly 82); Christy Fagan (Ian Daly 71), Chris Forrester.

Subs not used: Barry Murphy, Jake Carroll, Pat Flynn, Dean Kelly.

Bookings: None

 

 

Referee: Tom Connolly.

Attendance: 1,250 (estimate)

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: John Russell (St Pats Ath).

 



Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Eddie McCallion
Defender
Dermot McCaffrey
Defender
Ryan McBride
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Barry Molloy
70Booked: 70'
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Stephen McLaughlin
37Booked: 37'
Midfielder
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
Rory Patterson
Forward
David McDaid
Forward

Substitutes
Brian McGroary
Midfield
Shane McEleney
Defender
Eugene Ferry
Goalkeeper
Ryan Curran
Forward
Matthew Crossan
Defender
Caoimhin Bonner
Defender
Michael Barr
Defender
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
John Russell
Midfielder
Mark Rossiter
Midfielder
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder
64Scored: 64'
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
Forward
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Darren Meenan
Midfield
45Scored: 45'
Dean Kelly
Forward
Jake Kelly
Midfield
Pat Flynn
Defender
Ian Daly
Forward
Jake Carroll
Defender


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