Rory Patterson doubles up for Derry City

Bray Wanderers 0 Derry City 3: Wicklow native Aaron Barry helped earned new Derry boss Kenny Shields his first away win in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
Rory Patterson doubles up for Derry City

Rory Patterson’s second-half double then condemned Bray to their third defeat this season to remain rooted to the bottom of the top-flight table.

With injury depriving Wanderers of the services of skipper Conor Kenna, Sean Harding and Dean Kelly, recent Irish U21 call-up Dylan Connolly dropped to the bench.

That saw full debuts for Andrew Lewis, Paul Finnegan and Robbie Creevy and a first start of the season for Hugh Douglas.

As for the visitors, they retained the same starting 11 who defeated Cork City at the Brandywell.

That consistency showed as they bossed the game throughout with custodian Ger Doherty not having to make a save of any note.

They broke the dead-lock when Barry McNamee floated a deep free in the sixth minute which was met by Rory Patterson’s driven volley.

Peter Cherrie made a fine save down low. But McNamee gathered and dinked a cross for Barry to steer in a close range header.

City went close to doubling that lead four minutes before the interval.

McNamee intercepted Paul Finnegan’s intended pass and burst forward. He played a reverse ball across the edge of the box for the breaking Patterson who was thwarted by Cherrie’s leg block.

But the Candystripes striker did make it 2-0 with 19 minutes remaining.

Midfielder Harry Monaghan muscled into the penalty area and with a clever turn, rolled the ball to the former Northern Irelands international who claimed his second goal of the campaign with a low finish from 15-yards.

Derry’s third score arrived stoppage time. Patterson out-muscled Paul Finnegan, evaded Cherrie’s dive and stroked into an empty net from 12-yards.


Cherrie; Douglas, Finnegan, McNally, Marks (Murphy 70); Byrne, Brennan, Salmon (Pender 70), Creevy, Moore (Connolly 87); Lewis.


Doherty; Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, Jarvis (McClean 90 +3); McGlynn (McEneff 79), McCormack (Ward 89), Monaghan, Curtis; McNamee; Patterson.


Rob Harvey (Dublin)..

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