Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 28, 2016
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 931
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Rory Feely 90' + 4' -
Red: 90'


Scored: 26'
- Rory Patterson 26'

Peno Scored: 90'
- Rory Patterson 90' + 5'


League Report: St Patrick's Athletic 0 - 2 Derry City

Sat, Oct 29 2016

Goalscorer Rory Patterson competes with St Patrick's Athletic debutant Fuad Sule. Credit: Tom Beary

Derry City capped off a fairytale season in style with a dominant 2-0 win over St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.

 

Kenny Shiels' side were already assured of third place going into the final day's fixture, but despite a number of personnel changes they were in control from the moment Rory Patterson opened the score midway through the first half.

 

Patterson could have had a hat-trick before half-time, but had to settle for just two as he drew a penalty from Saints defender Rory Feely – who was sent off – and finished himself deep in injury time.

 

Saints huffed and puffed in the second half and could have snatched a late equaliser had the ball not spun unfortuitously for defender Ian Bermingham two yards out, but in truth Liam Buckley's men were a shadow of the side that stunned champions Dundalk 5-2 three days previously.

 

The Candystripes had the first effort on goal in an error-strewn opening period, Niclas Vemmelund heading wide from a corner after 19-year-old full back Ben Doherty had done well to win a corner.

 

Pats' first chance of the game fell to Steven Kinsella when goalkeeper Shaun Patton badly misjudged a bouncing ball and deflected the ball into the Everton loanee's path, but the keeper recovered to block his effort.

 

Christy Fagan headed just over the bar for Pats before a series of defensive lapses presented Patterson with the opportunity to open the scoring.

 

Having seen one effort brilliantly cleared off the line by Sean Hoare, Patterson exploited more disorganisation at the heart of the Saints rearguard to finish easily past a helpless Clarke with less than half an hour played.

 

Patterson could have made it two shortly afterwards when Hoare slipped and allowed him one-on-one once more, but his delicately chipped effort unluckily came back off the crossbar, and Rory Holden bundled the rebound wide with an open goal at his mercy.

 

And the former Northern Ireland striker was unlucky again right on half time as he peeled away to the back post and met Conor McCormack's deep cross but he couldn't quite get a hold of a difficult volley.

 

Patterson tested Clarke shortly after the break when he latched onto Harry Monaghan's pass and beat Hoare, but shot straight at the keeper, before a heavy touch from sub Keith Ward's pass spurned another opportunity.

 

Monaghan was left to curse his timing as a Ward free-kick fizzed across the face of goal and just beyond his reach, while Bermingham was similarly non-plussed when the ball failed to drop for him, before Patterson finally settled the tie.

 

His pace had caused problems for the Saints defence throughout, and once again he stole a yard on Feely as Derry countered, and was about to pull the trigger in the box when Feely made a desperate attempt to win the ball.

 

Referee Rob Rogers pointed straight to the spot, and Patterson dusted himself down to send Clarke the wrong way and ensure Pats finished in the bottom half of the table for the first time since 2009.

 

St Patrick's Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O'Brien, Sean Hoare, Rory Feely, Ian Bermingham; Sam Verdon, JJ Lunney, Jamie McGrath (Fuad Sule 68), Conan Byrne, Stephen Kinsella (Darragh Markey 63); Christy Fagan.

 

Subs not used: Conor O'Malley (gk), Ciaran Kelly, David Cawley, Dinny Corcoran.

 

Booked: Rory Feely (87).

 

Sent off: Rory Feely (90+5).

 

Derry City: Shaun Patton; Conor McDermott, Niclas Vemmelund, Dean Jarvis, Ben Doherty; Conor McCormack, Harry Monaghan, Barry McNamee, Rory Holden (Keith Ward 41), Joshua Daniels (Nathan Boyle 75); Rory Patterson.

 

Subs not used: Ger Doherty (gk), Gareth McGlynn, Aaron McEneff, Ronan Curtis.

 

Booked: Conor McCormack (79).

 

Sent off: None.

 

Referee: Rob Rogers.

Attendance: 931.

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Conor McCormack (Derry City).


St. Patrick's Athletic
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Rory Feely
87Booked: 87'
90Sent off: 90'
Defender
Brendan Clarke
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Sam Verdon
Midfielder
Jamie McGrath
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
JJ Lunney
Midfielder
Steven Kinsella
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Fuad Sule
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Dylan McGlade
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Midfield
Darragh Markey
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
David Cawley
Midfield
Derry City
Shaun Patton
Goalkeeper
Niclas Vemmelund
Defender
Conor McDermott
Defender 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Dean Jarvis
Defender
Ben Doherty
Defender
Harry Monaghan
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Conor McCormack
Midfielder
79Booked: 79'
Rory Holden
Midfielder 41'
41Subbed Off: 41'
Joshua Daniels
Midfielder 75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Rory Patterson
Forward
26Scored: 26'
90Peno: 90'

Substitutes
Scot Whiteside
Defender
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Keith Ward
Midfield
41Subbed On: 41'
41'
Gareth McGlynn
Midfield
Aaron McEneff
Midfield
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Ronan Curtis
Forward
Nathan Boyle
Forward
75Subbed On: 75'
75'