Derry end on a high as Patterson double sinks St Pat's
St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Derry City 2
Derry City ended a superb season by defeating St Patrick's Athletic 2-0 at Richmond Park in a one-sided game last night. Rory Patterson's two goals took his tally to 20 in all competitions as Kenny Shiels led his players to a fourth consecutive victory.
With third place and European qualification already secure, this was a meaningless game for both Derry and Pat's, but there were still three points to play for and the Candystripes ultimately deserved them in a game which they should have won much more comfortably.
Derry could have been out of sight by the break, and Patterson, within touching distance of the top scorer award, was presented with a litany of chances.
Moments after Christy Fagan headed harmlessly over the bar, Derry broke to the other end and took the lead midway through the first half.
Great work from Harry Monaghan created a chance for Patterson and the striker turned away from a Pat's defender to go one-on-one with Brendan Clarke. Patterson beat the goalkeeper, only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Sean Hoare.
But just when St Pat's thought they had dodged a bullet, they were punished as Rory Holden picked up the ball on the wing and his pass inside found Patterson, who made no mistake this time, firing the ball beyond Clarke for his 16th league goal of the campaign.
Derry should have doubled their lead two minutes later when Patterson again got the better of the Pat's defence.
He raced through on goal and produced a brilliant chip over the onrushing Clarke, only for the ball to hit the crossbar.
The rebound fell perfectly for Holden.
However, with the goal gaping, the youngster somehow missed the target.
The introduction of Dylan McGlade gave Pat's some impetus in the second half, but Derry held firm, and deep into added time, the Candystripes were given the chance to wrap the game up. Patterson again broke away and as he prepared to shoot, he was brought down by Rory Feely, who was shown a straight red card as referee Rob Rogers pointed to the penalty spot.
With regular taker Aaron McEneff on the bench, Patterson took responsibility and although it wasn't the best he has ever taken, it found the corner as he took his overall tally to 20 with virtually the final kick of the season.
St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke, O'Brien, Bermingham, Hoare, Byrne (McGlade 73), Fagan, Feely, Verdon, McGrath (Sual 67), Kinsella (Markey 61), Lunney.
Derry City: Patton, Vemmelund, Jarvis, McCormack, McNamee , Monaghan, Patterson, Daniels (Boyle 72), Doherty, McDermott (Whiteside 90), Holden (Ward 43). Referee: Rob Rogers.