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Will Patching at the double as Derry reach the Premier Division summit again

Derry City 2 St Pat’s Athletic 1


Will Patching celebrates his early goal. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Will Patching celebrates his early goal. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

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Will Patching celebrates his early goal. Credit: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Will Patching struck deep into added time as Derry City defeated St Patrick’s Athletic in the most dramatic of circumstances to regain top spot.

The midfielder, who had given City the lead early in the game, took aim and found the bottom corner from 25 yards with 93 minutes on the clock to make it four wins from six games for Ruaidhri Higgins’ men this season.

City got off to the perfect start as they opened the scoring after just four minutes. A terrific build-up saw Cameron Dummigan switch play to the left wing, where Danny Lafferty pushed the ball inside to find Patching and the midfielder took one touch before curling the ball around Joseph Anang and into the net from 20 yards.

St Pat’s responded strongly to that and could have been level immediately when the ball broke for Billy King inside the City area but his piledriver was parried away strongly by Brian Maher.

The visitors were gaining more ground around the half-hour mark and they came so close to an equaliser when Jack Scott whipped a cross into the heart of the penalty area and King glanced a header past Maher but just over the bar.

St Pats’ efforts were finally rewarded right at the start of the second half as they equalised in spectacular fashion. A free-kick into the area wasn’t cleared properly by Derry and when the ball fell to Tom Grivosti 20 yards out, he curled brilliantly beyond the reach of Maher into the top corner to make it 1-1.

But the home side left the best to last with Patching sending a bullet of a shot past Anang and into the net to win the gam.

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DERRY CITY: Maher, Boyce, Toal, McJannet, Lafferty, McEleney, Dummigan, Patching, Thomson (Kavanagh 58), Akintunde (McLaughlin 73), McGonigle.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Anang, Breslin, Scott, Redmond, Grivosti, Forrester, M Doyle (Coughlan 88), King (Owolabi 79), O’Reilly, Burns (Abankwah 82), E Doyle.

Referee: Damian McGraith

Man of the match: Patching

Match rating: 8/10

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