Devine believes young team bodes well for future of derry

Derry's Rory Patterson celebrates after scoring his second goal against UCD. Photo: Ed Scannell
Derry's Rory Patterson celebrates after scoring his second goal against UCD. Photo: Ed Scannell
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Derry City forward Rory Patterson treated the travelling Candy Stripe supporters to an entertaining brace of goals against UCD at the UCD Bowl in Belfield on Friday evening.

At the time of going to press, Derry City were in third place in the Airtricity League Premier Division but their placing will have been affected by last night’s late game between fourth-placed Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers.

In recent weeks Derry lost to Sligo Rovers in the league and Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup but Friday’s win over the Students is just what supporters wanted before next Friday’s game against Drogs at the Brandywell.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal yesterday evening, Derry City manager Declan Devine said he was happy with how his side performed and insisted that because of the youth at the club the Foylesiders’ future is very bright.

“Nine of the 13 players involved in last night’s game against UCD are under the age of 24 - that bodes well for the future of this great club if you ask me,” said Devine.

“I made a few changes for the UCD game and fair play to all of the players they really got stuck in and deserved the win.”

Rory Patterson gave Derry the lead in the 34th minute and added a second two minutes later when he volleyed home from 16 yards out.

UCD second half susbsitute Samir Belhout pulled a goal back for the home side in the 53rd minute but City youngster Michael Duffy made sure all three points came north when he scored in the 60th minute.

“We played some great football last night. I was delighted with the way we kept and passed the ball.

“A few people started to panic after we lost a few games but I can tell you know that not one person at the club started to panic. There is a lot of football left to play in this league and the top teams will take points off one another. Be that as it may, the league table will take care of itself, all we can do is concentrate and get ready for next week’s Drogheda United game,” added Devine.

An added bonus to Friday’s result was the fact the Candy Stripes came through the game unscathed and Kevin Deery and Stewart Greacen (both swollen knees) are the only doubts ahead of next Friday’s game with Mick Cooke’s team.

“We are looking really good at the minute and I can’t fault the players for their level of commitment and effort.

“I was happy to see Rory Patterson score again last night. We all know what Rory can do - all he needs is the slightest of chances to put the ball in the back of the net. But I think Rory will agree will agree when I say the service he received against UCD was top class. If we can replicate that against Drogheda United next Friday I will be a happy man,” he said.

Elsewhere, there were unconfirmed reports yesterday afternoon that former Derry City winger Paddy McCourt had a signed a three month contract with Pat Fenlon’s Scottish Premier League outfit, Hibernian F.C.

McCourt has been without a club since he was released by Celtic at the end of last season.