Three dismissed after Patterson wins it for Derry in frenetic finish
Derry City 2 St Pat's Athletic 1
There was incredible drama as Derry City defeated St Patrick's Athletic 2-1 amid three red cards and a missed penalty in an incredible finale at the Brandywell.
With the score 1-1, it looked like Pat's had the game won when they were awarded a late penalty, only for Gerard Doherty to save from Killian Brennan.
Substitute Rory Patterson then hit the winner for the Candystripes before referee Rob Harvey brandished three red cards.
Derry got off to a good start by scoring after just three minutes. A ball over the top took both Killian Brennan and Lee Desmond out and sent Ally Roy through.
The striker still had work to do but drilled the ball expertly beyond Brendan Clarke.
Pat's hit back with an equaliser on 33 minutes and it was another avoidable goal from a Derry point of view. Dan Seaborne's poor first touch in his own penalty area gifted it to Darragh Markey, whose cross was hooked back across goal by Ian Bermingham before being forced home by Ryan Brennan.
It looked as if Derry had lost it when Pat's were awarded a penalty on 83 minutes after Ben Fisk got caught behind Simon Madden and clipped the full-back's heels. Killian Brennan stepped up but saw his effort saved by Doherty.
That proved key as Derry then hit the front with just two minutes remaining, Aaron McEneff bursting into the area and pulling the ball back for Patterson to fire in.
That was just the beginning of the drama as referee Harvey then brandished three red cards following a fracas in the Derry area, Bermingham and Thomas Byrne dismissed for Pat's and Eoin Toal sent off for Derry, who hung on for a much-needed win.
Derry City: Doherty, Toal, Peers, Seaborne, McDermott (Fisk 45), Splaine (Ronan Hale 61), McEneff, Rory Hale, Shiels, Roy (Patterson 85), McDonagh.
St. Patrick's Athletic: Clarke, Bermingham, Desmond, Byrne (Turner 77), Killian Brennan, Ryan Brennan, Markey, Madden, Clarke, Lennon, Keegan (Byrne 70).
Referee: Rob Harvey