Patterson's hat-trick as Derry hit six
Shelbourne 1 Dundalk 3
Declan Devine's Derry team blasted out a statement of intent at the UCD Bowl. It was an utterly satisfying encounter for Derry – but a scary defeat for woeful UCD.
A narrow loss to Sligo meant the Candystripes hit the capital eager to deliver a performance. That is precisely what they did and UCD couldn't cope in an opening period which belonged to Rory Patterson.
The splendid striker grabbed a hat-trick inside 36 minutes and UCD were in deep distress. Patterson took maximum advantage of shoddy Student defending to fill his boots.
Nine minutes had elapsed when he outfoxed Ger Barron to roll the ball into an empty net. Then, in the 26th minute, Patterson skipped away from Hugh Douglas to bag a second.
UCD were vexed and Patterson notched a third with a crisp free kick on 36 and from then on it was merely a matter of how many Derry would prevail by.
Thomas Crawley lashed home a fourth in the 49th minute and then UCD's evening got even worse when David O'Connor was dismissed after picking up a second yellow for a foul on Mark Griffin. A fifth goal arrived on 71 when sub Michael Rafter chipped Barron and Griffin sealed the deal on 86 minutes.
UCD – Barron; Matthews, Douglas (Boyle, 46), O'Connor, Coyne; Kavanagh, Benson (Creevy, 46), Burke; Clarke (Corcoran, 46), McMillan, Russell.
Derry City – Doherty; Madden, S McEleney, McBride, B McNamee; Molloy, Deery (T McNamee, 66), Higgins; Griffin, Patterson (Rafter, 66), Crawley (Duffy, 82).
Ref – S Grant.