Derry City make it four on the bounce against 10-man Saints
Round-up: Candystripes move into second; UCD earn late win over Cork City
Patrick McClean celebrates scoring Derry City’s first goal during the SSE Airtiricity League Premier Division match against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
St Patrick’s Athletic 1 Derry City 3
The four straight league win for the bang in-form Candystripes now sets up nicely Friday’s top-of-the-table clash when Shamrock Rovers visit the Brandywell.
Derry started on the front foot and were rewarded with the lead inside two minutes.
Two minutes of St Pat’s indiscipline then turned the game further in Derry’s favour.
An 18th minute foul on Darren Cole brought a free kick some 25 yards out which Argentinian midfielder Bruna whipped up and over the wall and into the bottom left of the net.
A minute later St Pat’s defender Kevin Toner recklessly lunged into Derry skipper Ciaron Harkin on the halfway line to be shown a straight red card.
Derry then extended their lead further on the half hour when Cole’s flighted cross from the right found Ogedi-Uzokwe, who swept home his first league goal for the club.
In a slow burner of a second half, Derry were first to threaten just before the hour mark.
To their credit, St Pat’s worked hard to play their way back into the game with Shaw inches wide with another header from a Madden delivery on 65 minutes.
But the damage had all been done in a madcap first half.
ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: B Clarke; Desmond, Toner, Kelly; Madden, McCabe (Coleman, h/t), Lennon (D Clarke, 76 mins), Clifford, Bermingham; Markey (Walker, 80 mins); Shaw.
DERRY CITY: Cherrie; Cole, Kerr (Toal, 88 mins), Gilchrist, McClean; Harkin, Bruna (B McNamee, 71 mins); Stokes (Coll, 66 mins), Sloggett, Ogedi-Uzokwe; Parkhouse.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).
UCD 2 Cork City 1
Gary O’Neill’s dramatic injury-time penalty helped UCD to earn a sensational win over 10-man Cork City at Belfield.
Trailing to Seán McLaughlin’s first-half goal, the Students received an unexpected boost when City midfielder Garry Comerford was dismissed in the 77th minute. A Yoyo Mahdy equaliser swiftly followed and O’Neill subsequently kept his composure to slot home a resulting spot-kick.
While clear-cut opportunities were few and far between early on, it was the visitors who eventually broke the deadlock on 35 minutes. Following Shane Griffin’s precise corner on the right, centre half McLoughlin was on hand to scramble home.
The Leesiders continued to offer the greater attacking threat with Morrissey firing just past the target on the resumption.
However, they suffered a significant set-back in the closing stages when Comerford was red-carded for a dangerous challenge on winger Neil Farrugia. This increased the tension in the south Dublin venue and UCD wiped out the City lead when Mark McNulty allowed Mahdy’s speculative shot to slip through his fingertips on 85 minutes.
This looked set to give the hosts a share of the spoils, until O’Neill last-gasp intervention provided a final twist to the tale.
UCD: Kearns; Tobin, Collins, Scales, Dignam (Davis, 82 mins); Farrugia, Molloy (O’Farrell, 72 mins), O’Neill, Doyle, McClelland (McDonald, 46 mins); Mahdy.
CORK CITY: McNulty; McCarthy, Casey, McLoughlin, Griffin; Comerford, Morrissey; Boylan (Crowley, 46 mins), Buckley, Tilley (Smith, 89 mins); Cummins (Gillam, 54 mins).
Referee: B Connolly (Dublin).
Sligo Rovers 0 Waterford 0
Both sides left the Showgrounds with a degree of satisfaction as Sligo Rovers and Waterford played out a scoreless draw.
The home side built on Friday’s defeat of Dundalk with another good display, while the sizeable away support in the crowd of 1,528 were happy to see their side make the long journey back home with a point that keeps them ahead of their opponents.
The strong wind made any sort of decent football very difficult, though the visitors had the better of the few chances that were created in the first half.
But Waterford had two quickfire chances to take the lead at the other end from successive corners. Firstly Rory Feely should have done better when picked out unmarked inside the area. And then Kevin Lynch flashed an effort across the face of goal from another Zak Elbouzedi in-swinger.
And the final chance went the way of Elbouzedi, who smashed a late effort goalwards only for Beeney to again make the stop.
SLIGO: Beeney, Dunleavy, Mahon, Leverock, Banks, Callan-McFadden, Cawley, Keaney (Parkes, 67 mins), Twardek (Kerrigan, 67 mins), Fordyce, Coughlan.
WATERFORD: Connor, Simpson, Feely, Delaney, Lynch, Hery, Duggan, Lunney (Poynton, 87 mins), Elbouzedi, Twine (Drinan, 72 mins), Akinade.
Referee: J McLoughlin.