Derry City hat-trick hero, Rory Patterson, refused to take any of the credit for his team’s emphatic 6-0 win over UCD in Belfield on Friday night.
Despite securing his three goal salvo within a short space of time, 28 year-old Patterson, highlighted the hard work of his team mates and described the win as a ‘great team performance’.
“It’s always nice to score a hat-trick but Friday’s win was made possible because of the hard work everyone put in - it was a great team performance,” Patterson told the Sunday Journal yesterday afternoon.
Strabane native, Patterson, opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he dispossessed UCD goalkeeper, Ger Barron, before slotting the ball into an unguarded net.
Patterson doubled Derry’s lead in the 26th minute when he punished James Kavanagh for a horrendously misplaced pass.
Kavanagh hit the ball straight at Patterson and the former Linfield striker reacted instinctively and fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Patterson secured his hat-trick in style in the 38th minute when he fired a 25 yard free-kick past Barron.
Barron had conceded the set-piece after he was adjudged to have touched the ball with his hand outside the 18 yard-box. Patterson’s effort was inch perfect as it found the back of the net.
“UCD made a few mistakes on Friday night but it’s my job as a forward to take every chance I get.
“It was nice playing up front on Friday night and I have to say, our midfield never stop working. It was because of the work of our midfielders that I was able to get so much of the ball,” said Patterson humbly.
Declan Devine’s men put the game well and truly out of UCD’s reach when Thomas Crawley found the back of the net in the 49th minute.
Second half substitute Michael Rafter scored a sublime goal in the 70th minute after Barron saved a free-kick from Marc Griffin.
Be that as it may, Australian born Griffin, netted Derry’s sixth goal in the 86th minute when he converted a decent Barry McNamee cross.
“The journey home from an away game is always made easier when you have three points in the bag,” said Patterson.
“Friday’s result was very satisfying, not only from my point of view, but I was delighted to see Thomas Crawley, Michael Rafter and Marc Griffin get on the score sheet as well.
“Keeping a clean sheet was important too,” he said.
Derry were eliminated from this year’s Setanta Sports Cup by Drogheda United on Monday night however the Candy Stripes can seek out their revenge when the ‘Drogs’ travel north on Tuesday evening.
“There’s not much point in beating UCD 6-0 if we then go on to lose at home to Drogheda,” said Patterson.
“I think the team will be in fine form after Friday’s win and hopefully if everything goes to plan we can be consistent and get another three points against Drogheda United on Tuesday night,” he said.