Match Info

Date: 14/07/2017
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Officials

Referee: Robert Rogers
Assistants: Darragh Keegan and Darren Carey
Fourth Official: Paula Brady

St Patrick's Athletic - Derry City

St Patrick's Athletic climbed out of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division relegation zone with a richly deserved 2-1 win over Derry City at Richmond Park.

Liam Buckley's side had to do it the hard way after trailing at half-time to Ronan Curtis' goal against the run of play, but a Kurtis Byrne penalty and Graham Kelly's strike sealed a thrilling turnaround.

The Candystripes came to Inchicore third in the league on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Sligo Rovers but they were second-best all over the pitch on a calm night by the Camac.

The visitors did fashion the game's first chance within two minutes as Barry McNamee clipped a nine iron over the top of the defence for Lukas Schubert but the Austrian couldn't force the ball home.

Three minutes later, Kurtis Byrne – playing in his best position behind striker Christy Fagan – had the crowd on their feet with a rasping volley that dipped mere inches over the crossbar.

Graham Kelly should have headed Pats into the lead after Fagan had done brilliantly to dive and flick on Ian Bermingham's cross, but he nodded it straight into the arms of Candystripes keeper Ger Doherty.

Derry were seeing little of the ball but looked dangerous on the counter-attack throughout, and McNamee gave warning of this as he stole in behind the Pats defence and nicked the ball just wide of the post.

Another quick counter saw Ger Doherty pick out Curtis with a quick throw and the striker left Michael Barker for dead before shooting from the edge of the box but Jordi Balk was able to block.

Fagan then had a glorious chance to give the Saints the lead as he peeled off the centre halves and was picked out by Kurtis Byrne, but surprisingly rippled the wrong side of the netting with his drilled shot.

Derry had their best spell of the half in the closing minutes and Pats were grateful to Conor O'Malley for pulling off an outstanding save to push Harry Monaghan's top corner-bound shot onto the bar.

It was to count for little, however, as from the resulting corner Curtis found himself unmarked deep in the box and looped a header back across goal and over the head of Killian Brennan on the post.

The Saints lost Killian Brennan to a thigh injury early in the second half but the home side continued to enjoy the better of the play.

They should have equalised just after the hour as Kurtis Byrne beat two tackles in the box before Fagan turned the ball on goal, and Darren Cole almost put it into this own net as he cleared.

They did draw level shortly after as referee Rob Rogers awarded a penalty for a foul during the delivery of a corner, and Kurtis Byrne stepped up to send the ball nestling in the top corner.

It was no less than Pat's deserved, having been the better team for most of the game, and they continued to press for a winner.

It came 13 minutes from time as a wonderfully flighted diagonal ball over the top from Rory Feely was taken in stride by Conan Byrne and he beat McNamee before pulling the ball back to the penalty spot for the arriving Kelly to send the home fans into hysterics.

© rte.ie


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
August, 28th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Shelbourne1REPORT
August, 25th 2017FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Galway United2REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 8th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic2Firhouse Clover1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 5th 2017FriendlySt Patrick's Athletic1Hearts0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT
May, 26th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Dundalk2REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 28th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Shelbourne1REPORT
August, 25th 2017FaiCupSt Patrick's Athletic0Galway United2REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 13th 2017FaiCupPortmarnock0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 8th 2017LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic2Firhouse Clover1REPORT
August, 5th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 28th 2017LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
April, 28th 2017LeagueDerry City2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
October, 28th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Derry City2REPORT
August, 5th 2016LeagueDerry City1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 6th 2016LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Derry City1REPORT
August, 28th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Derry City1REPORT
June, 5th 2015LeagueDerry City0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
March, 24th 2015LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City0REPORT
November, 2nd 2014FaiCupDerry City0St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
August, 29th 2014LeagueDerry City0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
September, 1st 2017LeagueDundalk6St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 18th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic4Finn Harps0REPORT
August, 5th 2017LeagueSligo Rovers1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 28th 2017LeagueDrogheda United0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 21st 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic3Bray Wanderers1REPORT
July, 14th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Derry City1REPORT
July, 9th 2017LeagueCork City1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 30th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Galway United1REPORT
June, 24th 2017LeagueLimerick2St Patrick's Athletic2REPORT
June, 16th 2017LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Bohemians3REPORT