Superb McNamee nets the winner as Derry City shine
St Patrick's Athletic 0-1 Derry City
Barry McNamee scored the only goal as Derry City defeated St. Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park last night.
It was yet another brilliant performance and display from the Candystripes who dug deep to secure their third away win of the season at Inchicore.
Derry wasted no time in settling into the game and just 10 minutes in, St. Pat's goalkeeper Brendan Clarke was scrambling back towards his goal in a panic after a shot from Rory Patterson took a wicked deflection, with the ball spinning over the bar and behind for a corner.
There were encouraging signs for Derry, whose ball retention was again top notch and as the half hour approached a well-worked corner routine saw the ball come to Aaron McEneff unmarked on the edge of the Pat's area, his lay off found McCormack, who drilled a brilliant effort at goal, but unfortunately straight into the hands of Clarke.
McBride then lost the ball under pressure just yards from the City penalty area, but Pat's failed to take advantage with David Cawley's shot from 20 yards comfortable for Gerard Doherty.
St. Pat's were on top and pressing Derry for the first 10 minutes of the second period, but just past the hour mark, Derry struck the opening goal to stun the hosts.
Ronan Curtis started the move, racing down the left before playing the ball inside to McNamee. He exchanged passes with Patterson on the edge of the area and McNamee drilled the ball past Clarke for his third goal of the season.
Patterson then should have made it 2-0 when he went through on goal on 75 minutes but Clarke did just enough to deflect his shot over the crossbar.
Luck was with Derry when Curtis fouled Ger O'Brien as he raced into the penalty area eight minutes from time. Referee Tomas Connolly pointed to the penalty spot, but then changed his mind on the advice of his assistant. Who insisted that the foul had taken place outside the area.
It was ultimately frustration for St. Pat's as Derry held firm in the closing stages to close out the win.
St. Patrick's Athletic: Clarke, O'Brien, Bermingham, Dennehy, Hoare, Cawley (S McEleney 85mins), Byrbe (McGlade 66mins), Timlin, Kelly, McGrath, Dennehy (Corcorran 77mins).
Derry City: Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, McClean, McCormack, Curtis (Boyle 89mins) , McEneff, Ward, McNamee, Patterson.
Referee: Tomas Connolly.
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