Toner finds redemption to bloody Derry's nose
St Patrick's Athletic 1-0 Derry City
Sent off when the sides met in Inchicore last month, Kevin Toner found redemption with the winning goal against Derry City at Richmond Park last night.
The victory, a first in five games for Harry Kenny's side, deservedly avenged that 3-1 defeat to leave Derry mired in their worst run of the season with one win in eight games since that victory on their last visit to Dublin 8.
St Patrick's troubled Derry down the right from the start with Simon Madden all too easily cutting inside Ciarán Coll to cross for Gary Shaw to flick a header just over Peter Cherrie's crossbar. A ball over the top then caught the sluggish Derry defence square as they were relieved to see Mikey Drennan scuff his volley off target.
Derry threatened for the first time minutes later with Conor McDermott setting up Argentinian Gerardo Bruna whose drilled shot was deflected for a corner off Kelly.
But it was a corner at the other end that brought St Patrick's the lead on 22 minutes for what proved the only goal of the night.
Derry skipper Greg Sloggett was sent to the sideline to get treatment for a bloody nose leaving them short to defend Drennan's delivery.
Central defender Toner arrived unmarked at the back post to score with a free header for his first goal of the season.
In a slow burner of a second half, Derry introduced club captain Barry McNamee from the bench early on in an effort to spark some impetus into their attack.
And though they enjoyed plenty of possession, the visitors struggled to create chances in the final third as St Patrick's maintained a solid defensive shape.
McNamee finally conjured Derry's first real opening of the game on 68 minutes when playing Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe through on goal.
The English winger clipped the ball over the advancing Brendan Clarke only to see his effort hit the outside of the post.
Ogedi-Uzokwe had another late chance when diving to meet Coll's cross only to head tamely wide.
St Patrick's Athletic - B Clarke; Webster, C Kelly, Toner; Madden, McCabe, Lennon, Markey (Walker, 73), Bermingham; Drennan (Doona 86), Shaw (Forrester 66).
Derry City - Cherrie; McDermott (McDonagh, 64), Toal, Cole (Kerr 38), Coll; Sloggett, Bruna; Delap, Harkin, Ogedi-Uzokwe; Parkhouse (B McNamee 50)
REF - S Grant