Rory Patterson hat-trick wraps up record-breaking rout
Aberystwth Town 0 Derry City 5 (Derry win 9-0 on aggregate)
Rory Patterson notched a hat-trick as Derry City went on the rampage in west Wales to reach the next round of the Uefa Europa League with a record-breaking aggregate victory.
Two goals in four first-half minutes were enough to rubber-stamp Derry's ticket into the second qualifying round after their 4-0 home leg triumph, but Patterson's second-half treble added a touch of class.
The 9-0 aggregate win was enough to surpass the best winning margin by an Irish side in Europe, Shamrock Rovers' 7-0 trouncing of Fram Reykjavik 32 years ago. Their 5-0 victory on the night guarantees them a clash with Belarusian side FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the next round.
Michael Duffy scored from the first corner of the game, and three minutes later Barry McNamee headed home.
The 200-strong travelling Derry City fans were hoping for a repeat of the German goal onslaught against Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals, but despite their domination there were no more goals in the first half.
However Patterson's second-half hat-trick, sealed with a dink over the 'keeper from an 86th-minute penalty, finished it off.
Derry City – Doherty, McBride, Byrne, Barry (Ventre 46), Jarvis, Molloy (S McEleney 68), Timlin, Barry McNamee, Duffy, Patterson, P McEleney (Lowry 60).
Aberystwyth – Draper, Morgan (Chris Davies 72), Stuart Jones, Atyeo, Cledan Davies (James 87), Corbisiero, Venables, Sherbon (Rhydian Davies 87), Kellaway, Mark Jones, Craig Williams.
Ref – JE Nzolo (Belgium)