Date Time League Season
30 September 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Derry City remain in touch of Rovers with win in Richmond

A superb Cian Kavanagh strike handed Derry City a massive three points against European chasing St. Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park.

The result leaves the Candystripes two points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers who travel to Sligo tomorrow.

The substitute netted with what was his first touch of the game and the result leaves the Candystripes two points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers who travel to Sligo tomorrow.

Derry came flying out of the traps with Michael Duffy at the heart of everything good from the visitors. The winger found himself in good positions on numerous occasions testing Saints goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

The home side struggled in patches throughout the first half but, went closest when Sam Curtis had a point-blank header saved by Brian Maher before a goal mouth scramble resulted in a free out for the away side.

Numerous tasty challenges from both sides resulted in yellow cards for Jamie Lennon and Cameron Dummigan. Will Patching had a good effort from a free kick pushed away by Rogers who had a strong first half, as did captain Patrick McEleney.

The biggest problem for Pat’s was managing to keep hold of the ball as soon as it hit the forward line. Eoin Doyle lost possession throughout the half with Serge Atakayi struggling to make a real impact.

The hosts started the second half in much better fashion. They created many corners but failed to really test Maher.

The game flipped on its head on the 70th minute mark when Derry substitute Cian Kavanagh unleashed a venomous strike with his first touch from outside the penalty area into the far corner leaving Rogers helpless. This was moments before Chris Forrester had a penalty claim waved away for the hosts.

Pat’s almost responded straight away when Chris Forrester had an effort that cannoned off the post. Following a flurry of substitutes from both sides, the hosts struggled to create anything clear cut and the visitors held out for a massive three points.

In the closing stages, Ryan Graydon was given his marching orders when he received a two yellows in a minute. First, a tackle on O’Reilly followed by multiple verbal’s, and head-to-heads with Chris Forrester who was also sent off.

  • 90'

    Chris Forrester is also sent off.

  • 90'

    Ryan Graydon is sent off following multiple clashes with Forrester following his first yellow.

  • 90'

    Ryan Graydon is booked

  • 90'

    Joe Thomson is booked.

  • 90'

    Brian Maher is booked for time wasting

  • 90'

    Five minutes of additional time announced.

  • 89'

    Owolabi wins a corner but the set piece by passes everyone and is eventually sent out for a goal kick.

  • 87'

    Joe Redmond is booked for a foul on Kavanagh.

  • 86'

    The Saints struggling to create any real chances in the last few minutes.

  • 85'

    Daniel Lafferty replaces Will Patching for Derry.

  • 80'

    A 2 v 1 in Derry's favour is brilliantly defended by O'Reilly who throws himself in front of Kavanagh's effort to deflect it out for a corner.

  • 79'

    Eoin Doyle is replaced by Owolabi.

  • 75'

    Pat's almost respond instantly as Chris Forrester has an effort from outside the area that cannons off the post.

  • 74'

    King replaces Brockbank for Pat's.

  • 70'

    1-0 to the away side and it is the substitute Cian Kavanagh with what must be his first touch of the game. The ball is played up to him before he collects and fires the ball outside the penalty area into Roger's far corner. What a goal.

  • 68'

    Jamie McGonigle and Adou Diallo are replaced by Joe Thomson and Cian Kavanagh.

  • 65'

    Patching releases McGonigle down the right but Redmond does well to mop up any danger. Diallo has a wild effort that goes safely high and wide. Forrester goes down inside the Derry penalty area but his appeals are waved away.

  • 62'

    Adam O'Reilly is booked for a foul.

  • 60'

    Better from the Saints who record multiple corners however they struggle to really test Maher but a much start to the second half. A terrific ball into the box is glanced just wide by Eoin Doyle.

  • 57'

    Mark Doyle replaces Atakayi for the Saints.

  • 55'

    A cross from Patching to the back post is missed by Brockbank but luckily for him it evades Duffy. Atakayi is unleashed down the left before he cuts inside and is brought down for a free in a very dangerous area for the Saints. Forrester sets up and his effort is pushed over the bar by Maher. Forrester again takes but Derry clear. Ctter is booked for a foul on McGonigle.

  • 50'

    O'Reilly does well to break from midfield before releasing Atakayi but he is flagged for offside. Derry with their first free-kick of the second half is brilliantly delivered by Duffy onto the feet of Connolly who seems to take his eye off it at the vital moment and shoots wide.

  • 45'

    The second half gets underway. Ryan Graydon replaces Patrick McEleney for the visitors. The captain seemed to pick up a knock right on the stroke of half time.

  • 45'

    Half-time St. Pat's 0-0 Derry City.

  • 45'

    Patching has an effort that whistles just over the bar. Derry ending the half just how they started on top. Duffy takes a free from the right that is well headed clear. Pat's just need to get in at half-time and regroup because it hasn't worked with Doyle up front. He hasn't been able to retain any balls up to him.

  • 40'

    Derry win another corner but Patching's delivery is cleared again. Derry again get in down the left and the ball is cut back to McEleney but he can't retain the ball and Derry lose possession for a brief period. Sam Curtis carries the ball the length of the hand side before crossing the ball, however there is no one in the box for the Saints to attack it.

  • 35'

    Derry just looking to knock the ball around the midfield and retain possession. Dummigan pinches the ball inside the Saints half before slipping Duffy through down the left who seems to lose his balance and shoot high and wide. Cotter does well down the right to find a delivery but Maher collects with ease.

  • 30'

    The heavens have opened in the last few minutes in Inchicore. The game has slowed down in the last few minutes.

  • 27'

    Cameron Dummigan is booked for a tackle on O'Reilly.

  • 25'

    Jamie Lennon is next to go down following a tackle from Diallo. It is a fiery affair with both sides putting in strong tackles. Lennon looks for Cotter with a diagonal pass but it is just overhit for the on-loan Rovers man.

  • 20'

    Jamie Lennon is booked for a foul on Patching just outside the box. Patching strikes low under the wall that is well pushed away by Rogers. The following corner comes to nothing.

  • 18'

    The Saints win their first corner of the game, and following a pinball inside the six-yard box, Maher denies Curtis from point blank range before a goal-line scramble ends in Maher going down with an injury and the referee blowing for a free out.

  • 15'

    Another free-kick for Derry on the right hand side is delivered by Duffy but, Grivosti does well to head out for a corner. Duffy takes the set piece that is cleared by Redmond initially but Derry recycle before Pat's clear again. It is the Saints turn to win a free down their left side. Forrester delivers to the back post before Derry clear. The home side beginning to settle.

  • 10'

    Derry to look slip Duffy in again but this time it is better defending from Cotter who shields it out for a goal kick. The hosts haven't got started yet as it is the away side who have settled the much better knocking it about well. A free-kick 30-yards out for Derry is struck into the wall by Patching. Duffy again, has an effort that stings the hands of Danny Rodgers but the keeper collects.

  • 5'

    A massive chance for the visitors inside the first two minutes. A lovely ball inside Barry Cotter from Coll finds Duffy who races goalward, but his ball across the face of goal is just overhit for McGonigle and it goes out for a goal-kick. A warning for the hosts but a good start from Derry.

  • 1'

    The home side get us underway shooting from right to left. A lovely evening for a big game.

St. Pat's Ath.

21Danny Rogers Goalkeeper
12Harry Brockbank 15 Defender
2Barry Cotter Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
22Sam Curtis Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder 20'
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
7Serge Atakayi 14 Forward
9Eoin Doyle 45 Forward
23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
14Mark Doyle 7 Forward
15Billy King 12 Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
25Thijs Timmermans Midfielder
29Paddy Barrett Defender
45Babatunde Owolabi 9 Forward

Derry City

26Brian Maher Goalkeeper
2Ronan Boyce Defender
23Cameron Dummigan Defender 27'
17Cameron McJannet Defender
3Ciaran Coll Defender
6Mark Connolly Defender
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
15Sadou Diallo 8 Midfielder
10Patrick McEleney 19 Midfielder
14Will Patching 24 Midfielder
9Jamie McGonigle 29 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
19Ryan Graydon 10 Forward
20Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
21Declan Glass Midfielder
8Joe Thomson 15 Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
22Jordan McEneff Midfielder
24Danny Lafferty 14 Defender
29Cian Kavanagh 9 Forward 70'

Past Meetings

(Round 23)
0 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Round 13)
0 - 4
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City

(Round 7)
2 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v St. Patrick's Athletic

(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


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Derek TomneyRob Clarke
Wayne McDonnell
Neil Doyle


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