Match Report

Match Info

Date: 17/11/2000
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Home Team

S Kelly; Croly, Maguire, Foley, Doyle; Byrne (R McGuinness), Osam, Griffen, McNevin (Harris); Kelly, McCarthy.

Away Team

Connolly; McCallion, Hargan, Hutton, Kelly; Doherty, Harkin, Hegarty, Coyle; Beckett, McLaughlin.

Officials

Referee: J O'Neill (Waterford).

Goal Scorers

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

St Patrick's Athletic 1 - Derry City 0

Colm Foley certainly saved the best for last as he headed home a dramatic winner to give St Patrick's Athletic their fourth win of the season at Richmond Park last night.

With just three minutes remaining Foley managed to get his head to Paul Byrne's perfectly flighted free-kick and guide the ball over John Connolly to break the deadlock.

The goal made sure that Pat's broke their draw habit, three in the last three games, and also stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.

For Derry it was never going to be their night. First up they became the latest victims of Dublin's dreadful traffic chaos causing the game to be held up by 15 minutes, and when the game finally started they rode their luck on more than one occasion before Foley condemned them to their sixth defeat of the season.

St Pat's had the better of a dour first half and what few chances that were carved out fell the way of Pat Dolan's side.

On 18 minutes Ger McCarthy flashed a free header just wide of the Derry upright.

A minute later Liam Kelly appeared unmarked at the back post, but like his strike partner before him he nodded a golden chance wide.

Derry's only glimpse of the St Patrick's Athletic goal came after 33 minutes. Unfortunately, Eamon Doherty's effort never troubled Seamus Kelly.

McCarthy went close again with just nine minutes left in the first half but the Richmond Park faithful were forced to wait a little longer before they could celebrate.