Patterson on hand to deliver killer blow for Candystripes
Cork City 0 Derry City 1
Rory Patterson was Derry City's hero once again as he struck late to sink Cork City at a bitterly cold Turner's Cross and move the Candystripes within five points of early pacesetters Sligo Rovers.
It was a tad fortuitous as Mark McNulty had initially saved the Northern Ireland striker's penalty, following an Adam Rundle handball a yard inside the box. Patterson, however, was never going to miss the rebound from six yards.
The win was even more impressive considering the visitors were without the services of half a dozen first-teamers.
Cork, who also lost their seven-game unbeaten start to the season, were left bitterly disappointed considering how understrength the Candystripes were.
On a heavy surface which wasn't exactly conducive to good football, the game was pockmarked by some poor deliveries in the final third, and looked to be heading towards a scoreless draw.
The most threatening players on either side, Cork's Daryl Horgan and Derry counterpart Michael Rafter, were both substituted before the end in tactical switches.
Both came closest to breaking the deadlock for their respective sides, with Horgan a constant threat for the Leesiders. Gerard Doherty had to make five separate saves, of varying difficulty, with the pick of them coming on the stroke of half-time when the midfielder's cross-cum-shot looked to be heading into the far corner.
Rafter, meanwhile, was desperately unlucky not to open the scoring with a ferocious effort which McNulty stopped brilliantly. But the last word was reserved for Patterson and his fourth of the season.
Cork City – McNulty; Dunleavy (Turner 81), K Murray, D
Murray, Murphy; G Morrissey, Healy, Duggan, D Horgan
(Rundle 81); Furlong, Kavanagh (D Morrissey 75).
Derry City – Doherty; Madden, McBride, Duffy, Houston; Griffin, Higgins, Molloy, Crawley, Rafter (Curran 68); Patterson.
Ref – P Tuite (Dublin)