Supersub Ciaran Martyn gave 10-man Derry City the points against a disappointing St Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell last night.
Having had Clive Delaney sent-off in the first half, the ex-UCD man finished off a fantastic move 10 minutes from time to secure an unlikely victory.
Following the FAI Cup exit last week, City boss Stephen Kenny made three changes.
The Brandywell men, who still harbour hopes of catching second-placed Shamrock Rovers, were inches away from taking the lead in the 15th minute following a flowing passing move.
A super Ruairdhi Higgins pass found Gareth McGlynn who raced clear down the right but his teasing low cross, which flew off the we surface, flashed just in front of Tommy Stewart.
Referee Paul Tuite was at the centre of things in the 32nd minute when he sent-off Delaney after the centre-back deliberately handled the ball on the half-way line for his second caution in 14 minutes.
Stephen Kenny’s side should have broke the deadlock a minute later when Mark Quigley lost possession to Ger O’Brien and the full-back’s pass released Farren, but the striker’s drive from 20 yards was pushed around his right hand post by Gary Rogers.
Doherty had to be at his best when Mark Quigley’s pass found Bobby Ryan, but the American’s drive from the edge of the Derry box was well saved by the City net-minder.
With the game looking as though it was going to end scoreless up stepped City sub Ciaran Martyn.
The Dubliner blasted home from close range, after Stewart had cleverly headed the ball into his path.
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Delaney, Gray, O’Brien; McGlynn, Deery, Higgins, Scullion; Stewart, Farren. Subs: Martyn for Scullion (55); McClean for Gray (H-T); McManus for Farren (77).
St Patrick’s Athletic: Rogers, Gavin, Harris, Partridge, Stevens; Guy, Byrne, Dempsey, Ryan; Quigley, O’Brien. Subs: Lynch & Cawley for Gavin & Dempsey (H-T); O’Connor for Ryan (70).
Referee: Mr Paul Tuite (Dublin).