Patterson double sinks 10-man Bray
Bray Wanderers 0 Derry City 4
Having lost their manager and three key players at the end of last season, there was a distinct possibility Derry City could lose their way this term.
Instead they have started the year on fire, winning comfortably in Bray last night to remain unbeaten in five competitive games. And on this form, they could be title contenders once again.
They were helped when referee Anthony Buttimer sent off Bray goalkeeper Darren Quigley for an alleged trip on Rory Patterson in the 31st minute, although it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
By then, Derry were already two goals up with David McDaid's 26th-minute strike adding to Stewart Greacen's opener. When Patterson converted the penalty, the game was up.
Derry's tempo remained high and their reward came 23 minutes from time, when Patrick McEleney set up Patterson to add a fourth.
Bray Wanderers -- Quigley; Doyle, Massey, Sweeney (Kelly half time), Houston, Hanlon, O'Connor, Zambra, Knight (Kane 34); Byrne (Bolger 84), Waters.
Derry City -- Doherty, Madden, Greacen, Shane McEleney, McCaffery; McDaid (Morrison 77), Higgins, Molloy, McLaughlin (Curran 77), Patrick McEleney (Farren 68), Patterson.
Ref -- A Buttimer (Limerick).