Rory Patterson hit a hat trick on his compeitive debut as City defeated Distillery 4-0 and ensured that they have more than a foot in the next round of the Setanta Sports Cup.
On a sticky surface the visitors were a cut above the home side and were good value for what ended as a comfortable win for the Candystripes.
City had an early scare when Thompson burst in from the right hand side and drilled a shot across the face of Gerard Doherty’s goal. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the Whites as they were forced to play second fiddle for long periods.
New signings Madden, Crossan and Patterson all started for City and it was the striker who was to grab all the headlines.
City began to gain the upper hand and McDaid and Patterson both had half chances before McLaughling broke the deadlin. Madden floated a deep bal into the box and McLaughlin, arriving late, headed the ball downwards and past Brennan and into the home goal.
Ligget, Kilmartin and Thompson were all busy for the home side but it was City who struck again when Patterson latched onto a through ball, spun and finsihed past Brennan.
As the referee blew for half time there were the sense that it would take a massive effort for the home side to get back into the game as it looked as if City were well in controls
City dominated the second half and Patterson fired home to make it three nill from the penalty spot. From a corner by Crossan Patterson was fouled but the big striker picked himself up and drove it high into the right hand corner of the goal, leaving Brennan with no chance. Things were to get even worse for the home side as Cushley was sent off following a clash with Molloy where the winger appeared to be stamp on the Derry player. Molloy’s furious reaction prompted a mini melee, which ended with the referee producing a straight red for Cushley.
The combination of the third goal and the red card, it was clear that the game was over as a contest. Patterson grabbed his hat trick when he nodded home a terrific cross from Madden at the back post to make it four and put a nail in the coffin of the game and the tie.
City had chances to extend their advantage. McDaid headed wide under no pressure, Brennan denied McEleney with a powerful save and then produced a brilliant double save in order to deny Patterson and McLaughlin. Molloy really should have made it five in the dying secondwhen he somehow screwed it wide from eight yards out.
Team: Doherty, Crossan, McBride, S McEleney, Madden, McLaughlin, Molloy, Higgins, P McEleney, Patterson, McDaid