Date Time League Season
9 April 2021 5:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Saints sitting pretty on top

St. Pat’s solid start of the season has continued with an impressive 2-nil win over Derry City in the opening Series 4 tie in the Premier Division.

This victory was built in the second half by goals from Robbie Benson and Darragh Burns and with City already reduced to 10-men after Koy Lupano was dismissed in the 33rd minute, the Saints stayed top of the league with 10-points.

The Candystripes, started the game at Richmond Park ambitiously and set the early pace coming close to Jaros goal.

Although Stephen O’Donnell’s boys managed to fight back and take the reins shortly after, Lupano’s second yellow card proved to be a punch in the stomach too strong to hold.

This forced the visitors to play inside 15 yards most of the time, leaving disappointed once more, as they headed back up North still looking for their first points.

Most of the play came inside the visitor’s half, and while Jaros suffered a couple of chills inside the first quarter of an hour it wasn’t enough to get his kit dirty.

The hosts came forward with Chris Forrester looking frequently for his teammates on the sides in Matty Smith and Robbie Benson; as Jamie Lennon held the counterattacks together with the back four.

Pat’s were much more aggressive in the second 45 minutes with Matty Smith, Ronan Coughlan and Billy King constantly imposing themselves inside the Candystripes box as the midfielders were looking for more moves in the middle; comfortable in possession and looking dismantle the opponent's plans.

Passing the hour mark the Red and White Army were broken. Ronan Coughlan’s first effort came up to Robbie Benson’s left-foot as he managed to change the score with a first-touch finish inside the 6-yard box.

At this stage Pat's were creating enough chances to put it past the goalkeeper, however, Derry City’s tremendous defensive efforts deserved a less cruel ending.

Six minutes later, young substitute Darragh Burns put his name on the scoresheet for the first time representing the club’s first team.

Just five minutes after replacing Matty Smith, a through ball from Chris Forrester met Burns on the right as he came into the box drizzling Cameron McJannett with a dummy settling it in with a cool finish facing the goalkeeper, Nathan Gartside.

Days of joy for Pat's now waiting to see if Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps keep running at their side on the top spots of the Premier Division league table.

Dark days for Derry City, with zero points after three games.

  • 32'

    Danny Lupano will play no further part in the game, picking up his second booking of the game just after the half hour mark. Not a great omen for the visitors.

  • 31'

    Great work from Matthew Smith sees a low cross into the Derry area. It bounces off a pair of legs and rolls across the goalmouth as Gartside breaths a sigh of relief.

  • 28'

    Best opportunity of the half falls to Will Patching as he latches onto a long ball. His initial control is perfect but he looses his footing as he prepares to unleash a shot on goal and falls flat on his face in the Pat's box.

  • 20'

    There have been some nice periods of play for both sides but no real concrete opportunities for either side in a scrappy enough opening twenty minutes at Richmond Park.

  • And we are off in Richmond Park with an early season top versus bottom between St. Patrick's Athletic and Derry City.

St. Pat's Ath.

1Vitezslav Jaros Goalkeeper
2John Mountney Midfielder
3Ian Bermingham Defender
4Sam Bone Defender
5Lee Desmond Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
7Robbie Benson Midfielder 60'
8Chris Forrester 16 Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan 9 Forward
12Matty Smith 17 Forward
15Billy King 11 Forward
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
9Nahum Melvin-Lambert 10 Forward
11Jason McClelland 15 Forward
16Alfie Lewis 8 Midfielder
17Darragh Burns 12 Forward 70'
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
21Barry Murphy Goalkeeper
29Paddy Barrett Defender
31Kian Corbally Midfielder

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder
6Eoin Toal Defender
8Joe Thomson 15 Midfielder
9David Parkhouse 7 Forward
10Will Patching Midfielder
11James Akintunde 36 Forward
21Cameron McJannet Defender
23Danny Lupano Defender 11'
24Danny Lafferty Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
7Will Fitzgerald 9 Midfielder
15Ronan Boyce 8 Defender
22Mark McFadden Midfielder
31Patrick Ferry Forward
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward
35Micheal Glynn Defender
36Brendan Barr 11 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(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
Ben ConnollyBrian Fenlon
Darragh Keegan
Adriano Reale


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

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.