Late patching job saves Derry City


WILL PATCHING scored a sensational winner in the 93rd minute as Derry City left it again late at the Brandywell.

It looked like Tom Grivosti’s second-half equalizer would be enough to give the visitors a point, but Patching struck deep in added time to take all three points.

Derry got off to the perfect start as they scored the first goal after just four minutes. Cameron Dummigan switched to left wing in a great build-up play, where Danny Lafferty slid the ball inside to find patching and the midfielder took a touch before spinning around Joseph Anang.

St. Pat’s efforts were rewarded with a spectacular equalizer early in the second half. A free-kick into the box was not cleared properly by Derry and when the ball fell on Tom Grivosti 20 yards away, it rolled brilliantly into the top corner.

St. Pat’s dominated after that, and they were grateful that Chris Forrester narrowly missed with a left-footed staker from 25 yards as play neared the hour mark. But the home side saved the best for last as Patching aimed with plenty of chances in front of him and slammed a ball shot into the net from 25 yards past Anang to send the home fans into a frenzy.

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.

REF—D. McGraith Late patching job saves Derry City

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