Date Time League Season
29 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Derry cruise to win over Pat’s

Derry City cruised to a 4-0 thrashing away to St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park this evening.

A brace from Jamie McGonigle either side of a Matty Smith opener and Cameron Dunnigan rounded off a great win for the league leaders.

City took the lead after just three minutes when they pounced on the hosts trying to play it out from the back.

Forrester’s poor pass was intercepted and worked to the edge of the area where Brandon Kavanagh slipped through Smith who controlled it with his left and stabbed it past Anang with his right.

It should have went from bad to worse for the hosts. Adam O’Reilly got caught on the ball in his own area following a corner kick, he tried to switch the play but hit the ball off Grivosti’s back which dropped to McGonigle who swivelled and rifled it in, before he was deemed to be offside.

It was a dubious decision to say the least as the ball came off a Pat’s player last before being stuck into the net. 

McGonigle got his goal however, on the half hour mark when Will Patching collected the ball on the edge of the Saints area and played it out to Smith who fired the ball across the face of goal to the oncoming McGonigle who tapped it in for his first of the evening.

McGonigle would soon get his second, ten minutes later, when another slack pass from Forrester was collected by Kavanagh who played a lovely reverse pass in front of the Derry number nine who ran with the ball and struck it into the far corner.  

Derry added a fourth when another slack pass from Joe Redmond this time was gathered by Smith who ran inside and slipped it to Patching who opted not to shoot, but, instead set it back to Cameron Dunnigan who curled the ball beautifully in off the post from 25 yards out.  

The away side cruised the rest of the game with the home side not creating anything after the goal. For St. Pat’s, it was a damaging defeat and performance. They failed to create anything clear cut throughout the game and were abysmal for large parts of the game.

That being said, Derry produced a great away performance, and they now march on to Bohemians at home next Friday night. St. Pat’s have to pick themselves up again when they travel for a big game away to Drogheda United. 

  • 90'

    Full time 4-0 Derry City.

  • 90'

    Two minutes of additional time.

  • 84'

    No chances as of late. Derry in cruise control. Ciaran Coll and Daniel Lafferty replace Patching and Boyce. Ronan Coughlan is forced off with what looks to be a hamstring injury for the hosts and he is replaced by Ben McCormack.

  • 75'

    Ronan Coughlan goes into the referees book. Derry work the ball down the right hand side and cross it in but Smith can't get the right contact on the ball and it goes straight at Anang. Pat's look all over the place here. Jamie McGonigle is replaced by James Akitunde for Derry.

  • 70'

    A sub for the visitors as Patrick McEleney and Brandon Kavanagh are replaced by Joe Thomson and Evan McLaughlin

  • 64'

    A double change for the hosts as Burns and King are replaced by Owolabi and McClelland.

  • 61'

    Derry add a fourth and what a goal it is. Another slack pass this time from Redmond is gathered by Smith who races towards the box and plays it to Patching who opts not to shoot, but instead sets it back to Cameron Dummigan who curls the shot in off the post from about 25 yards out. 4-0 Derry.

  • 55'

    A better spell from the home side but, they are still failing to create any chances.

  • 50'

    An early free-kick for Derry in a dangerous area is nearly headed in for an own goal. The resulting corner is pinned around the penalty area until it cannons off the post and finds Smith who taps it in. However, he is deemed to be offside. Another let off for the home side.

  • 45'

    A change for the hosts at half time as Jack Scott is replaced by Ronan Coughlan. Pat's get the second half restarted.

  • 45'

    Half-time 3-0 Derry City.

  • 41'

    Derry add a third before half-time. Forrester again, loses the ball in midfield leaving the Pat's defence exposed. Kavanagh latches onto the ball and plays a perfect reverse ball into the feet of McGonigle who runs on and slides it into the far corner. 3-0 Derry.

  • 40'

    Pats with their best spell of the game so far. Beginning to work it around the Derry half and create half chances. Burns and King work a short corner well but the cross is well cleared by the Derry defence. The resulting corner comes to nothing. Derry go down the other end and nearly add a third but Patching's cross is cleared by Redmond before it can reach Smith.

  • 31'

    Jack Scott is the first to go into the referee's book for a foul.

  • 29'

    2-0 to the visitors. Derry work the ball well into the Pat's penalty area. Patching after a few Cryuff turns, finds Smith who drives it across the face of goal and McGonigle is there to tap it in.

  • 25'

    King is played through down the right hand side and he looks to find Doyle but the ball across is just too far ahead of the oncoming Doyle.

  • 25'

    Pats growing into the game more but are still struggling to create any decent spell of possession in the Derry half. Breslin whips in a cross that is punched away by Maher after some good play by Forrester and Doyle but, other than that, nothing going for the home side.

  • 20'

    Better play from the home side. Darragh Burns beautifully takes the ball down on the half turn and he plays it out wide to Doyle who looks for Breslin at the back post but the header is safely collected by Maher.

  • 15'

    Joe Redmond has the ball pinched from him by Patching who cuts inside but doesn't connect well with his shot and it goes safely wide. A wasted chance and it should be 2-0 to the visitors.

  • 10'

    It has been all Derry in the opening ten minutes. All the play is coming down their left hand side with goal scorer Smith finding himself in good positions. Pat's are rattled and haven't been able to string five consecutive passes together.

  • 5'

    Another near disaster for St. Pat's. Adam O'Reilly gets caught on the ball inside his box and hits it off his own team-mates back. The ball falls to McGonigle but he is flagged for offside as he puts the ball into the net. Dubious to say the least but the home side haven't started at all.

  • 3'

    Derry take the lead through Matty Smith. Pat's try play it out from the back but, Forrester misplaces his pass and the league leaders latch onto the ball and Brandon Kavanagh slips it to Smith, who controls it then stabs it past Anang. 1-0 Derry.

  • 1'

    The away side get the game underway shooting from right to left in the first half.

  • Good evening and welcome to St. Patrick's Athletic vs Derry City at Richmond Park. Two changes for the home side following their victory against Finn Harps last Friday. James Abankwah and Ben McCormack drop out for captain Ian Bermingham and Jack Scott. No changes for the league leaders following their great win against UCD last week.

St. Pat's Ath

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott 10 Defender 31'
3Anto Breslin Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender
3Ian Bermingham Defender
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
9Eoin Doyle Forward
15Billy King 11 Forward
17Darragh Burns 45 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
17Kyle Robinson Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan 2 Forward
11Jason McClelland 15 Forward
22Sam Curtis Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder
45Babatunde Owolabi 17 Forward
30Ross Fay Midfielder

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
2Ronan Boyce Defender
16Shane McEleney Defender
17Cameron McJannet Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender
10Will Patching Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney 8 Midfielder
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder 61'
9Jamie McGonigle Forward 29', 41'
12Matty Smith Forward 3'
20Brandon Kavanagh 25 Midfielder
1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
33Caoimhin Porter Midfielder
8Joe Thomson 10 Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll Defender
11James Akintunde Forward
24Danny Lafferty Defender
25Evan McLaughlin 20 Defender
37Daithi McCallion Defender
38Liam Mullan Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 31)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 20)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City

(Series 13)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 4)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City

(Series 12)
0 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 3)
0 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Rob HennessyDermot Broughton
Eoin Harte
Alan Patchell


Richmond Park
Emmet Road, Kilmainham C ED, Dublin, Dublin 8, Leinster, D08 VK72, Ireland

Final year Journalism student in DCU. St. Pats reporter. Celtic supporter.