Date Time League Season
24 May 2021 5:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

King secures late draw for Pat’s

An 84th minute goal from Billy King for St. Patrick's Athletic, ensured a share of the spoils on a 2-all score-line against Derry City at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium this evening.

Ronan Boyce and Joe Thomson scored for the home side, while along with King, Cork native Lee Desmond found the net for the Saints.

This draw has resulted in a scenario with heavier consequences for the visitors, who lost the opportunity to edge closer to the top, with the two top-placed sides of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers coming face-to-face in the 13th round of fixtures of the Premier Division later this evening.

It would be expected from Stephen O’Donnell’s group to come forward looking to taking advantage of the clash running in Tallaght. Pats came up with an encouraging start enjoying a spell of possession and constantly pressing high after losing the ball.

The first 20 minutes vanished with no real chances for either side, and with Derry trying to contain the opponent’s intentions to get the lead goal. Their system crashed two minutes later, in a sequence of a corner.

A perfect ball sent in by Mountney got flicked in by Desmond, a lead that took only four minutes to be neutralised.
Derry came back on level terms also from a corner, as a bouncing ball in Jaros box went in deflected by Ronan Boyce.

The two sudden changes in the score ensured the game was now livelier. Robbie Benson came up with a massive opportunity to beat Nathan Gartside as he saw the ball go off after clipping the top of the crossbar.

Eoin Toal came very close to send in the 2-1 for the Candystripes on the other side with a free header, but Vitezslav Jaros pushed the decisions for the second half.

Forrester flashed off a good opportunity shortly after the break, but that was it for the Dublin-based side until Joe Thomson’s goal in the 69th minute.

Resulting once again from a corner, the Scottish midfielder sent it a brilliant strike from the edge of the box leaving no chances for Jaros.

The need for points brought Pat’s up high pressing with all three lines, and ultimately the second equaliser of the night got confirmed through Billy King, O’Donnell’s amulet in the final embers for the second time this season, headed in a magnificent cross sent in by the substitute Ben McCormack.


  • 90'

    FT: Derry City 2-2 St. Pat's - Derry City and St. Pat’s ended up sharing the spoils with the final 2-all as final score at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time.

  • 84'

    Brilliant ball in from Ban McCormark gets netted in by Billy King.

  • 69'

    Joe Thomson with a brilliant shot in the edge of the area puts Derby in the lead for the first time in the game.

  • 68'

    The visitors are trying to step up looking for all three points, knowing how important is to exploit the meeting between Shamrock Rovers and Sligo later tonight.

  • 62'

    Coughlan with his first real goal attempt sends the ball wide.

  • 55'

    A ambitious effort comes in from Patching as the ball goes wide.

  • 54'

    Mountney puts the ball past the keeper but the flag was up.

  • 53'

    Matters tied up at early stages in the second 45 minutes.

  • 47'

    Fine effort sent in by Forrester as it flashes off the bar.

  • 46'

    The referee blows the whistle into the second half.

  • 45'

    HT: Derry City 1-1 St. Pat's - It is fair to say the visitors have been the best side so far, although the hosts have also showed signs of promise.

  • 46'

    And it’s going to be Derry finishing the first half up high, taking advantage of a sequence of corners to bother the visitors. Toal, has always been the target.

  • 45'

    Four minutes of added time.

  • 42'

    Corners are playing a massive role in this meeting; from corners came both goals, and they continue to be used as a strong weapon on either box looking for another change in the score.

  • 37'

    Toal comes very close to the 2-1 for Derry; as he gets found from a corner coming in. Jaros hold it well.

  • 35'

    Benson with a massive opportunity to put St. Pat’s again in the lead as the ball goes off after clipping the top of the crossbar.

  • 34'

    Griffin comes off injured, Bermingham replaces him.

  • 30'

    Two goals in four minutes leave the game much lively.

  • 25'

    Derry City back on level terms four minutes later! A bouncing ball in Jaro’s box goes in deflected by Ronan Boyce

  • 21'

    St. Pat’s in the lead! A corner coming in from Mountney gets flicked in by Desmond.

  • 20'

    No real chances so far for either side with Derry trying to contain the Saints intentions to get the lead goal.

  • 11'

    Coughlan with a shot attempt as it gets blocked by Derry’s defense – the visitors are definitely looking the dangerous side so far in the game.

  • 7'

    Pat’s enjoying a spell of possession and constantly pressing high when the ball is lost.

  • 5'

    Desmond finds King with a long through ball but nothing comes out of it.

  • 2'

    Toal brings an early warning with a header resulting from a corner; Jaros sends it off for another corner.

  • 1'

    St. Pat's kick us off into the first half.

  • As for Pat’s - Barrett, Griffin and Benson coming in, Smith, Bermingham and Lennon coming off.

  • Both teams presenting changes from their duties last Friday - Lafferty, Parkhouse and, Ferry and Fitzgerald coming off for Derry City.

  • The visitors are the best team in home games but are only the sixth best team away from home with nine points from their travels so far, one less than today’s opponent.

  • Both the Candystripes and the Saints will try to fight their demons in 2021. City have been much stronger playing outside their walls, with just three points gathered at in the Brandywell ground.

  • Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the meeting between Derry City and St. Pat’s at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. My name is Bernardo Santos and I will tell you about all the action as it happens.

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder 85'
6Eoin Toal Defender
8Joe Thomson 7 Midfielder 69'
9David Parkhouse 20 Forward
10Will Patching Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender 25'
21Cameron McJannet Defender
24Danny Lafferty 29 Defender
7Will Fitzgerald 8 Midfielder
20Darren Cole 9 Defender
23Danny Lupano Defender
29Jack Malone 24 Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
31Patrick Ferry Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
35Micheal Glynn Defender
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

St. Pat's Ath.

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
2John Mountney Midfielder
4Sam Bone Defender
5Lee Desmond Defender 21'
7Robbie Benson Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
15Billy King Forward 84'
16Alfie Lewis 9 Midfielder
20Shane Griffin 3 Defender
29Paddy Barrett 18 Defender
3Ian Bermingham 20 Defender
9Nahum Melvin-Lambert 16 Forward
18Ben McCormack 29 Midfielder
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
27Danny Norris Midfielder
31Kian Corbally Midfielder

Past Meetings

(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

With previous experience on a top-tier sports newspaper and a media department of a former European Champion club, Bernardo also collaborates as a sports journalist and media editor at St. Patrick's Athletic.