Derry City 2 St Pat’s 2 (game now in extra-time)
The FAI Cup final erupted into life in the second half when St Pat’s took the lead through a fine free-kick by O’Connor. But minutes later Derry City were level when Graecen went forward to power home a header. City got into the driving seat when substitute Patterson converted a penalty after McLaughlin was fouled. But Pat’s, trying desperately to end a run which has seen the club lose six FAI Cup finals on the trot, levelled it though Fegan.
Gracen was taken off in the first period of extra-time after suffering from cramp, with Ryan McBride coming in to partner Shane McEleney.
City goalkeeper, Gerard Doherty, faced a mad dash to get the Aviva Stadium for the 2012 FAI Cup final today, the Creggan man having attended his grandad’s funeral this morning.
Always very close to his grandfather, Jim McDaid, from Beechwood Avenue, Gerard insisted attending the funeral and he was immediately rushed to the South Dublin venue following the sad event.
And when Doherty arrived he will have been heartened by the attendance of 6,000 supporters of the ‘Candy Stripes’ who immediately let their voices be heard inside the stadium.
Out-numbering the St. Pat’s support by 2 to 1, spirits had been high prior to the game with so many supporters opting to spend last night in Dublin before taking in the FAI Cup Final.
Former players and manager, Felix Healy, was inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame as the Derry City representative, the Brandywell native having netted that vital goal back in 1989 when Derry defeated Cork City 1-0 to complete the club’s historic treble victory.