Derry delight as classic Patterson strike sinks Wexford
Wexford Youths 1 Derry City 2
Kenny Shiels believes only Rory Patterson was capable of scoring Derry's last-gasp winner at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday night.
Patterson struck with literally the last touch of the match to give Derry a fourth successive win which enabled them to rejoin Dundalk at the top of the table ahead of their meeting at Oriel Park next Friday night.
With the match in the fourth minute of added time, Patterson met Barry McNamee's deep free-kick to loop a perfectly-placed header into the far corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Wexford looked to have salvaged a point when Danny Furlong swept home Eric Molloy's cross for an 83rd minute equaliser.
Conor McCormack's cracking goal had given Derry the lead 14 minutes earlier. Keith Ward's cross was cleverly laid off by McNamee for fellow midfielder McCormack to find the top corner with a stunning drive from 20 yards.
"I don't think anyone else could have scored that goal," said delighted Derry manager Shiels of Patterson's winner. "It was technically a very good goal.
"It will never look like a fantastic goal, like Conor's, which was great. But to come away from goal and get the purchase on the header from what wasn't a drilled cross - it was fantastic."
Wexford Youths - Doyle; McCabe, G. Delaney (Last, 83), Grace, R. Delaney; Friel, Kenny, Ledwith (Wall, 78), Mulligan (Molloy, 65); Murphy, Furlong.
Derry CIty - Doherty; Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, Jarvis; McCormack; McGlynn (Ward, 57), McNamee, Monaghan, Curtis (Boyle, 76); Patterson.
ref - G Kelly (Cork).