Derry left stunned as St Pat’s nick a point
Derry City 1 St Patrick’s Athlone 1: Eddie McCallion was the hero turned villain for Derry City at the Brandywell last night.
The veteran full-back was the provider for James McClean’s 71st minute goal, which in a tight game, looked like it would extend City’s winning streak to four.
Just eight minutes later it was his clumsy challenge on Daryl Kavanagh which conceded a penalty which allowed St Pat’s to level the scores through Danny North.
That late flurry of activity was in contrast to much of what had gone before as neither side had looked particularly threatening.
McCallion was one of Derry’s most effective attacking forces on the night. He sent over a brilliant centre in the 29th minute for skipper Kevin Deery, but the midfielder’s header went just over the bar.
Deery was involved in another move which might have sent City in ahead at the break when he flicked the ball on to Eamon Zayed, but from close range he couldn’t force the ball over the line.
McCallion charged down the wing in the 70th minute and picked out McClean in the box, but he could only manage to head into the side netting. A minute later the two combined again and this time, with the ball falling to the striker’s feet, he managed to control and fire past Gary Rogers to give City a deserved lead.
Derry’s joy was short-lived as McCallion was caught out in his defensive duties and North calmly beat Gerard Doherty from the spot.
DERRY CITY: Doherty, Greacen, Lafferty, McCallion, S McEleney, Deery, Higgins, McClean, P McEleney, McGlynn, Zayed.
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Rogers, Bermingham, Crowley, Stewart, McMillan, Pender, Shortall, Doyle, McFaul, Kavanagh, North.
Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin).