Five-star Pat's send Byrne off in style
St Patrick's Ath 5 Derry City 0
Conan Byrne captained St Pat's in his last match for the club after six years at Richmond Park as they ended the season with a facile win.
Watching from the stand, new manager Harry Kenny will have been pleased with what he saw as St Pat's had the game won by half-time.
An eighth defeat in nine games sees Derry slump to finish third bottom of the table as speculation mounts over manager Kenny Shiels' future.
The opening goal arrived in spectacular fashion on 29 minutes as Conor Clifford struck a right-footed drive from distance to the top corner for a stunning first goal for the club.
Poor defending then undid Derry as they conceded twice inside as many minutes.
Byrne's sublime through ball found the run of James Doona who kept his head to go around goalkeeper Eric Grimes and slide it to the net on 38 minutes.
The game was all but over as St Pat's soon stretched their lead. Clifford clipped a diagonal ball to the far post for central defender Kevin Toner whose looping header went in off the far post.
St Pat's scored twice more early in the second half with Byrne providing both assists. First, his ball found Lee Keegan at the back post to nod in unchallenged on 54 minutes.
Three minutes later, Byrne again put over the cross for Doona to chest the ball down and volley to the net.
St Pat's - B Clarke; Madden, Toner, Desmond, Bermingham; K Brennan (T Byrne, 64), Lennon; C Byrne (Manley, 77), Clifford, Doona; Keegan (D Clarke, 84).
Derry City - Grimes; Cole (Delap, 34), Toal, Peers, Seaborne; McDonagh, McEneff, Shiels, Fisk (Splaine, 62), McHattie; Roy (McNamee, 87).
Ref - Tomas Connolly (Dublin).