Rory leads raid in Drogheda

Rory Patterson scores the winning goal against Drogheda United
Rory Patterson scores the winning goal against Drogheda United

Rory Patterson surged to the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division top goal scorer table after netting two goals against Drogheda United in Hunky Dory’s Park on Friday evening.

Patterson, who has scored 11 league goals for Derry City this season, conceded Friday’s victory was hard fought but explained it was the welcome tonic for the malady experienced on the back of consecutive defeats to Sligo Rovers and UCD respectively.

“Drogheda is always a hard place to go and get a result, never mind a win, so it was a big one for us.

“I think the team are showing great character this season because although we were 2-0 up and conceded two goals we rallied once again and got the winner - fair play to the team, they did really well.”

Patterson has been in scintillating form for Derry this season and has developed somewhat of an interesting forward partnership with former Dundalk F.C. striker, Marc Griffin.

“I don’t want to single anyone out but Marc did set me up for my goals against Drogheda.

“There’s a great atmosphere amongst the players in the team and I think it shows just how determined and passionate we are when we go behind or lose our lead and still come back to win the game.”

He added: “Last season was great because obviously we won the FAI Cup but I am really enjoying my football this season.

“I have managed to stay pretty much injury free this season and I always knew if I could stay fit that I could score goals for this team.

“Friday’s win is great because we shouldn’t really have lost to UCD last week but hopefully now we can kick on and start out on another run again,” he said.

Derry City boss Declan Devine praised his entire team for the way in which they performed against Drogheda United. Hesaid he hoped, because of team’s attacking style of football, he would start to see larger crowds at the Brandywell.

“I have been saying this all season - we need the fans. We are by far the highest scoring team in the country. We have some of the country’s best strikers in our team and we play really open football - if that’s not value for money then I don’t know what else we can do.

“I can’t fault the players at all for how they performed on Friday. It’s as if this team are never beat and some of the goals we are scoring are just top class.

“Gerard Doherty also made a great save to keep us in the game. I was also glad to see Kevin Deery back again and young Michael Duffy came off the bench and did well.

“Here’s hoping we can kick on from here now again,” he said.

For full coverage of Derry City’s clash with Finn Harps in the EA Sports Cup on Monday night see Tuesday’s ‘Journal’. Kick-off 7.45pm, Finn Park.