Derry City finished off their Premier Division campaign with a 2-1 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell on Friday.
Friday’s game was billed as a warm up for when both teams clash again in the final of the FAI Ford Cup in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in two weeks time.
Goals from Simon Madden and David McDaid ensured Derry finished their league campaign on a high and despite the best efforts of the Dubliners, the Candy Stripes held on for a deserved win.
It was a match that Derry dominated for large parts of the game and good performances from Stephen McLaughlin, Barry McNamee and David McDaid will fill manager Declan Devine with confidence ahead of next month’s final.
Derry took the lead in the fifth minute when Simon Madden lobbed the ball over the head of poorly positioned Barry Murphy.
Devine’s men doubled their lead in 41st minute when Barry McNamee passed to David McDaid inside the area who in turn blasted the ball into the net.
St. Pat’s reduced the deficit to one goal in the 57th minute when a defensive error from Stewart Greacen allowed Chris Forrester in to score.
Liam Buckley’s men could have nicked a point at the end had it not been for the post coming to Derry’s rescue when Conor Kenna headed towards goal in the 94th minute.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Dermot McCaffrey, Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Stewart Greacen; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry McNamee, Stephen McLaughlin, Barry Molloy (Kevin Deery ht); Patrick McEleney, David McDaid (Conor Murphy 70 mins)
Unused Subs: Eugene Ferry; Ryan McBride; Ryan Curran, Caoimhin Bonner.
St. Patrick’s Athletic: Barry Murphy; Jake Carroll, Conor Kenna, James Chambers, Christy Fagan (Anthony Flood 58 mins); Pat Flynn, Kenny Browne, Chris Forrester, John Russell; Jake Kelly (Darren Meenan 56 mins Greg Bolger 82 mins), Vinny Faherty.
Unused Subs: Brendan Clarke; Kevin Farragher; Aiden Price; Ryan Coombes.
Referee: Mr. Dean McKeon (Dublin).