There was no separating Derry City and St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell tonight.

Derry City 1

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1

Derry got off to the best possible start with a goal just 9 minutes in and it was a brilliant move which cut St. Pat’s apart. Greg Sloggett set Ciaran Coll away on the left and the full back played a clever one-two with Junior Ogedi before picking his head up and finding Barry McNamee in the area, the captain in plenty of space to sweep the ball left-footed past the dive of Brendan Clarke to make it 1-0.

It was not the start to the game that Pat’s wanted, but they could well have levelled within minutes when Harkin failed to intercept a cross Ian Bermingham and the ball fell kindly for Conor Clifford, but with just Peter Cherrie to beat, he skied his shot over the crossbar.

Pat’s were level on the half hour mark however and there was nothing Cherrie could do as Lee Desmond sent a rocket of a shot over the Derry goalkeeper and into the top corner from all of 30 yards to silence the Brandywell.

St. Pat’s were not lacking in confidence following that first half display and they carved out another decent chance five minutes after the restart, Mikey Drennan’s cross from the left picking out Shaw who headed just wide of Cherrie’s upright.

Derry hit back with a similar chance as Greg Sloggett did well to dig out a cross from the left and Junior Ogedi rose highest to head at goal, but the ball just cleared Clarke’s upright but that was as good as it got for the hosts.

Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Darren Cole, Ally Gilchrist (Gerardo Bruna 77’), Eoin Toal, Ciaran Coll, Ciaron Harkin, Barry McNamee, Greg Sloggett, Jamie McDonagh (Eoghan Stokes 45’), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, David Parkhouse (Aidy Delap 74’).

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Simon Madden, David Webster, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham, Conor Clifford, Ciaran Kelly, Rhys McCabe (Jamie Lennon 80’), Chris Forrester (Darragh Markey 83’), Mikey Drennan, Gary Shaw (Jake Walker 90’).

Referee: Derek Tomney.

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