St. Pat's are back on top of the pile in the League of Ireland Premier Division after a hard fought win over Derry at Richmond Park last night.
Mark Quigley was again the match-winner for the Saints with a brace and that was enough even though Derry played their part in pulsating affair with Gareth McGlynn scoring the pick of the goals with a superb scissors-kick.
Pat's can now look forward to Danish outfit Odense in the UEFA Cup while Derry's trip to Armenia looks as arduous as ever after last night's result. Their night of misery was compounded when Neil McCafferty was sent-off in the closing stages.
Dave Rogers took his seat in the stand having done a medical at Richmond earlier in the day and pending the results of that he will sign a two year deal and move from Derry this weekend.
It was his old team that probably just shaded the opening-half, but it was one man, Quigley, that proved to be the difference between the sides. His goal on 43 minutes was one of real quality and it meant he has now joined the League's other hot shot, Roy O'Donovan at the top of the scoring stakes with 10 goals.
Michael Foley, who was making a rare start this season, provided the corner, one that Pat Jennings really should have gathered, but Quigley still had much to do as he controlled and then volley the ball to the net from the edge of the area.
The Pat's faithful were stunned on 50 minutes and it's unlikely they will see a better goal scored in Inchicore all season as Gareth McGlynn produced a sublime finish to scissors-kick home an Eddie McCallion cross.
But the Saints hit the front again on 64 minutes and needless to say it was Quigley that was again at the heart of things when he smashed home Darragh Maguire's flick-on after the impressive centre-half was found by Anto Murphy with a long throw.