Date Time League Season
18 March 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Patching breaks Pat’s hearts at the Brandywell

It was the Will Patching show as his 93rd minute winner sealed a 2-1 over St.Pats at the Brandywell tonight.

On the eve of Ryan McBride’s 5th anniversary, the game caught fire from the off when on four minutes when Will Patching struck a beautiful right footed shot from outside the 18-yard box and into the bottom corner of Joseph Ananga’s net to give the hosts the lead. 

The Candystripes dominated the first half with Pats struggling to deal with their high press off the kick outs but did have a chance to level in the 33rd minutes. Eoin Doyle played a great cross from deep into Billy King whose header rattled the Derry crossbar.  

Pats to their credit, grew from this moment and equalised on 47 minutes Eoin Doyle’s effort off a corner came back out to Tim Grivosti who hit a great right footed effort from outside the box which found Brian Maher’s net. 

Both sides searched for a winner in what was a very entertaining second half. Chris Forrester jinked past a couple of Derry defenders and struck a long-ranged effort which sailed just over the bar around the hour mark.  

Danny Rafferty had a glorious chance for Derry on 70 minutes when Brandon Kavanagh’s pass put him through on goal but struck it straight at Ananga at the near post. 

It was all about Will Patching however as he got his second goal in the 93rd minute when the ball fell to him from a corner and his right footed strike from 20 yards out broke the hearts of the Inchicore side. 

The win means Ruaidhri Higgins’ charges leapfrog their opponents into second while Tim Clancy will be ruing some slack defending at the end which could cost them in a potential title race down the line. 

  • 95'

    Full time at the Brandywell as Will Patching's 93rd minute winner seals the three points for the Candystripes. As a result Ruaidhri Higgins; side leapfrog Pats into second behind Sligo.

  • 93'

    Patching! Surely that's the winner? A great right footed strike from outside the box breaks St. Pats hearts.

  • 90'

    Five additional minutes at the Brandywell.

  • 88'

    Final sub for Pats as Mark Doyle goes off for Ronan Coughlan.

  • 86'

    Derry pushing hard for the lead and get another corner. Anang does well to smother the ball before the incoming McGonigle can get a foot to hit.

  • 82'

    James Abanquah coming on for Pats instead of Darragh Burns.

  • 79'

    Sub for Pats as Owalabi is on for Billy King.

  • 76'

    Half chance for McGonigle who tries to take on a left footed shot as its rolling but skies it left and wide.

  • 73'

    Akintunde is off for McLoughlin for Derry's second sub of the evening.

  • 70'

    Danny Rafferty goes very close to putting Derry ahead after he was fed by Brandon Kavanagh, Anang makes a good save the near post but Rafferty will be dissapointed to have missed there.

  • 65'

    Derry coming back into it now. Great solo effort from Will Patching who jinks past a couple of defenders before his shot is blocked at the near post. Akintunde goes even closer seconds later as his shot flies across the face of goal but no one can get a foot onto it.

  • 60'

    Chris Forrester nearly puts Pats ahead. Lovely footwork before using his left foot from outside the box and the ball flies just over the bar.

  • 58'

    Brandon Kavanagh is on for Joe Thomson as Derry make their first sub of the night.

  • 55'

    Pats the better team in the second half with goal providing a huge boost to Tim Clancy's side. A few more mistakes creeping into Derry's game now.

  • 47'

    Pats equalise. A corner comes to nothing but then Eoin Doyle flashes a ball across which hits off a Derry player. The ball falls to Tom Grivosti and he hits a great strike into the net to draw Pats level.

  • 46'

    Joe Thomson joins Shane McAleney in the book for Derry.

  • 46'

    Back underway at the Brandywell.

  • 45'

    Half-time at the Brandywell with Derry leading 1-0. Will Patching has been the standout player and it was his goal on four minutes that has the hosts ahead.

  • 45'

    One extra minute added at the Brandywell.

  • 44'

    McGonigle nearly scores for Derry. Patching takes the ball of a Pats defender before giving it to McGonigle whose shot hits the wrong side of the post.

  • 43'

    Billy King has really grown into the game for Pats. He whips in another ball from the left hand side but it goes wide. He has been very energetic so far though.

  • 37'

    Patching nearly has his second goal but Anang does well to get down to his near post.

  • 33'

    Billy King nearly levels it for Pats. His header hits off the bar from a great ball by Eoin Doyle who has been playing very deep so far.

  • 31'

    Nothing comes of it however and it's a free out to Derry.

  • 30'

    Better from Pats in the last few minutes. Darragh Burns has been lively down the right and side and wins a free kick.

  • 24'

    Another chance for Derry. Joe Thomson had an overlap on his right but takes on the shot himself which goes well wide.

  • 22'

    Challenge on Boyce from Billy King which is a tackle more in frustration than anything else from the Pats player.

  • 19'

    Corner for Derry, Ananga does well to punch the ball clear amid a lot of pressure.

  • 16'

    Derry applying a high press, especially off Anang's kick outs which is causing a lot of problems for Pats who have struggled to gain a foothold in the game so far.

  • 10'

    Jamie McGonigle has an effort from the right and comes close with a left footed shot which fizzes past Anang's net.

  • 9'

    All Derry at the minute with Patching continuing to cause problems for Pats down the left hand side.

  • 4'

    What a goal by Will Patching. A beautiful strike off his right foot from outside the 18 yard box. An honourable mention to Cameron Dummigan who started the move with a beautiful pass out to Patching.

  • 1'

    Game on at the Brandywell.

  • Teams out on the pitch at the Brandywell.

  • Both teams come into this on the back of good form. Pat's are currently top after winning their last three games. The hosts Derry, are a point behind them in third with a game in hand.

  • Hello and welcome to live text commentary between Derry City v St. Patricks Athletic. Teams to be published shortly.

Derry City

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
6Eoin Toal Defender
24Danny Lafferty Defender
21Cameron McJannet Defender
11Ronan Boyce Defender
11Patrick McEleney Midfielder 22'
8Joe Thomson 11 Midfielder 46'
10Will Patching Midfielder 4', 93'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle Forward
11James Akintunde 25 Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh 8 Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll Defender
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
17Gerard Storey Midfielder
25Evan McLaughlin 11 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
38Liam Mullan Midfielder
35Trent Kone Doherty Forward

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
Jack Scott Defender
3Anto Breslin Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender 47'
20Joe Redmond Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
17Darragh Burns Forward
9Eoin Doyle Forward
14Mark Doyle 10 Forward
15Billy King 45 Forward
10Ronan Coughlan 14 Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
James Abankwah 17 Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
34Adam Murphy Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 15 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
32Darius Lipsiuc Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 31)
1 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 20)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City

(Series 13)
2 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 4)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City

(Series 12)
0 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 3)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City


The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom

Sam is an avid sports enthusiast who has been working in journalism since he was 16. Along with his work, he also plays tennis and is a Government and Political Science student at UCC. Most importantly of all however is that he's from Cork.