St. Pat’s Ath 1-3 Derry City
Derry City made it 6 points from 6 in the capital over the last four days, with a clinical performance to defeat the Saints in Inchicore this evening.
Declan Devine made three changes following Friday’s 2-0 win with McClean, Kerr and Bruna grabbing rare starts and all three were to play central roles as City steamrolled their opposition to move into second spot in the table.
Patrick McClean drove forward with 2 minutes on the clock and let fly from 25 yards with his effort beating Clarke and City were in front before many supporters had entered the ground.
City were superb to watch for long periods of the first period. A marauding run from Cole saw him hauled down by Lennon. Gerardo Bruna stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner to make it two nil.
Things went from bad to worse for Pat’s moments later when Toner was shown a straight red after a heavy clash with Harkin.
The visitors were in dream land on the half hour mark when Cole found Junior at the back post and he bundled home from short range to make it 3-0.
The visitors did get one back 2 minutes later when City failed to clear their lines and Madden’s cross was nodded home by Shaw.
As the conditions became more difficult in the second period, City weren’t able to add to their tally but weren’t seriously threatened by the home side as they closed out the win and moved to the head of the chasing pack.
A huge game awaits on Friday when Shamrock Rovers visit the Brandywell – 1st v 2nd in the table, as City will look to make it five wins on the spin. Tickets available now.
St Pat’s: B. Clarke; S. Madden, K. Toner, L. Desmond, I. Bermingham; J. Lennon (D. Clarke 76), D. Markey (J. Walker 80), C. Clifford, R. McCabe (Cian Coleman h-t), C. Kelly; G. Shaw; Subs Not Used – B. Murphy, J. Doona, C. Forrester, P. Cleary.
Derry City: P. Cherrie; D. Cole, J. Kerr (E. Toal 88), A. Gilchrist, P. McClean; J. Ogedi-Uzokwe, G. Bruna (B. McNamee 71), G. Sloggett, E. Stokes (C. Coll 66); C. Harkin; D. Parkhouse; Subs Not Used – N. Gartside, E. Tweed, E. Toal, S. McNamee
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