Off-colour Saints to stick with Buckley
St Patrick's Athletic 0 Derry City 2
An outcome in keeping with their season for St Pat's last night but ahead of an off-season of much change. Liam Buckley's Saints were already likely to finish a disappointing sixth before Rory Patterson's brace inflicted defeat in their last game of the season.
It's the worst finish under Buckley's watch since he began his second spell at Inchicore in 2012 but benefactor Garrett Kelleher is to give the Dubliner another season at the helm, albeit with a decreased budget as Buckley will be without European football for the first time since his return.
That's why last night's end-of-season stroll marked the swansong for Christy Fagan and Sean Hoare, two of his prize assets. Fagan has his choice of suitors, with champions Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers leading the chase.
Hoare's move to Tallaght under Stephen Bradley for next season is understood to be a done deal, leaving Buckley with a task of replacing the Irish U-21 centre-half.
Patterson opened the scoring on 25 minutes. Josh Daniels darted down the left and his low cross was stroked home by Patterson's first-time finish. Pat's rarely threatened an equaliser, apart from Ian Bermingham's close-range header in the 90th minute that he got horribly wrong in executing.
From the kick-out, Patterson broke clear into the box and was taken down by Feely, allowing the stalwart rifle the resultant penalty under Brendan Clarke's grasp.
ST PAT'S - Clarke; O'Brien, Feely, Hoare, Bermingham; Verdon, Lunney; Byrne (McGlade 76), McGrath (Sual 68), Kinsella (Markey 62); Fagan.
DERRY CITY - Patton; McDermott (Whiteside 90+5), Vemmelund, Jarvis, B Doherty; McCormack, Monaghan; McNamee, Holden (Ward 41), Daniels (Boyle 75); Patterson.
Ref - R Rogers (Dundalk)