Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

Morrison puts Derry on top

St Patrick's Athletic 0 Derry City 1

Published 05/04/2008

Derry City sit proudly on top of the eircom League Premier Division after toppling St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin last night.

Owen Morrison's 64th minute goal was enough to earn City the points, end Pat's 100 per cent record this season and leave Derry as the only side now boasting an unbeaten record in the league.

Even the most ardent Stephen Kenny supporter - and there are many on Foyleside - can't have dreamed of as positive a start to the new campaign as this.

In successive weeks they have seen off the defending champions and the new pretenders to the crown, a mantle which they might well start to fancy themselves.

Importantly, after the shaky start they made to the season, it was a second clean sheet in a row.

Derry sit a point clear at the top after five matches with Shamrock Rovers, tied with City in second going into last night's matches, losing 1-0 to Bohemians in the Dublin derby.

One thing is clear, it's going to be a very tight race for the title this year with little to choose between those two sides, St Pat's and Cork City, who recorded their first win of the new season last night as they beat UCD 1-0.

Morrison has claimed a regular starting place this season and could not have timed his first league goal for the club better.

Derry will feel they could have added a second to make sure of the points a little earlier, but in the end their defence, with Eddie McCallion back after a one-match suspension, held firm.

Derry meet St Pat's again at the Brandywell on Monday night in a Setanta Sports Cup match and Kenny's team selection for that game will be highly interesting.

He's made no bones about the fact that the league is his priority and after playing three of the top four clubs in the past few weeks it's important that they don't lose momentum against sides from lower down the division.

Drogheda bounced back from their 2-0 defeat at the Brandywell with a 1-0 win over Galway United while Bray Wanders beat Finn Harps 1-0.

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