Will Patching in top form as Derry hold off Finn Harps

But Harps will feel that they deserved a point as they had the majority of the chances
Will Patching in top form as Derry hold off Finn Harps

Derry City’s Will Patching celebrates scoring his second goal with teammates. Picture: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Finn Harps 1 Derry City 2

Two goals from Will Patching helped Derry City to yet another win on the road as they defeated north-west neighbours Finn Harps at Finn Park to leapfrog over them and into sixth spot in the table.

But Harps will feel that they deserved a point as they had the majority of the chances in a well contested clash.

Harps went into this game seeking a first ever league double over Derry in the same season, having triumphed at the Brandywell venue in May. But Derry took the lead after seven minutes following a penalty. Ethan Boyle was adjudged to have impeded David Parkhouse inside the box and from the resulting spot-kick Will Patching fired past Mark Anthony McGinley.

However, the Donegal side drew level in the 16th minute as Derry failed to defend a corner with Shane McEleneny and Kosovar Sadiki both involved before Boyle got the final touch with a close range header to score as his frustration from earlier turned to joy. Derry restored their lead in the 44th minute when Patching scored with a wonderfully struck free from the edge of the box after being fouled by Coyle.

Finn Harps: McGinley; Boyle, McEleney, Sadiki, Dunleavy (T. McNamee, 81 mins); Seymour, B. McNamee, Coyle (Barry, 58 mins), O’Sullivan (Boyd, 78 mins); Foley (Rainey, 81 mins), Owalabi.

Derry City: Gartside; Boyce, Toal, McJannet, Lafferty; Fitzgerald, Harkin, Patching; Malone (Cole, 74), Parkhouse (Coll, 84 mins), Akintunde.

Referee: N. Doyle (Dublin).

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