Monday 27 February 2017

Rory Patterson finds the net as Derry City defeat Shamrock Rovers to tighten grip on third

Shamrock Rovers 0 Derry City 1

Aaron McEneff of Derry City celebrates his team's victory following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Aaron McEneff of Derry City celebrates his team's victory following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Rory Patterson kept Derry City’s quest for Europe on course with a first half winner at Tallaght Stadium.

This impressive victory moves Derry five points clear of fourth-placed Rovers, who do have two games in hand.

Rovers’ promising start came to nothing as Derry, once Aaron McEneff brought a sublime one-handed save from Craig Hyland from a free kick on 13 minutes, dominated the first half, deservedly going in their match-winning goal up at the interval.

Hyland had to produce further heroics to keep out another free-kick from McEneff and then react well to deflect Ronan Curtis’s follow up out for a corner.

That wasn’t fully cleared with Hyland again getting down well to push McEneff’s low drive round a post.

Derry’s pressure then told on 36 minutes. Right-back Conor McDermott whipped over a terrific cross to the near post for Patterson to power home a header for his 12th league goal of the season.

Rovers pressed late on with Trevor Clarke just failing to meet substitute Dean Clarke’s low cross.

Curtis, though, might have added a second for Derry on 87 minutes, but for another stop from Hyland.

 

Shamrock Rovers – Hyland; Hanney, Cornwall, O’Connor; Madden, Miele, Cregg, K. Brennan (McCabe, 65), T. Clarke; Boyd (Dobbs, 71), Shaw (D. Clarke, 71).

Derry City – G. Doherty; McDermott, Vemmelund, Jarvis, McClean; McEneff, McCormack (Monaghan, 66); Schubert (Boyle, 72), McNamee, Curtis (B. Doherty, 89); Patterson.

ref – R. Matthews (Longford)

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