0 - 4

Scored: 5'
- Matty Smith 5'

Scored: 30'
- Jamie McGonigle 30'

Scored: 42'
- Jamie McGonigle 42'

Scored: 60'
- Cameron Dummigan 60'

League Report: St. Patrick’s Athletic 0 – 4 Derry City

Fri, Apr 29 2022

Jamie McConigle tops the goalscorer charts with nine goals Credit: John-Paul McGinley

Ryan Kilbane reports from Richmond Park

Derry City extended their lead at the top of the league with a 4-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park. 

Two first half goals from Jamie McGonigle and another from Matty Smith followed by a lovely strike from Cameron Dummigan on the hour were enough for the Candystripes to go three points clear at the top of the table.

It was the away side who started the brightest with Patrick McEleney picking up the ball deep and spraying clever passes.

Pat’s - who were playing with a three at the back - seemed to be struggling to play through the lines in the early stages.

It didn’t take long for Smith to score against his former club. Brandon Kavanagh brought the ball out of the sky played in Smith who stroked the bacll into the bottom right corner after five minutes. 

Derry had the ball in the net again moments later. McGonigle was first to react after Adam O’Reilly was caught in possession in his own box but the ref judged the league’s top marksman to be offside. 

Derry’s pressing disrupted the home side’s ability to pass out from the back in the opening ten minutes 

Kavanagh picked up space in a dangerous area but dragged his shot wide.

The intensity from Ruaidhri Higgin’s side continued. Patching robbed Redmond on 14 minutes and looked to be almost through on goal but bent his effort wide. 

Pats first shot on target came on 19 minutes after Joseph Anang slipped and miss-hit a clearance. It found its way to Darragh Burns who linked with Eoin Doyle before Billy Kings header was saved.

McGonigle looked sharp and on 23 minutes he turned Grivosti in the box but Anang was quickly out to block any effort. 

Jack Scott played a long pass to which King ran on to, he flashed his cross in but it missed everyone in the box.

McGonigle double the lead after 30 minutes. The goal came after some nice play by Will Patching who twisted and turned before laying it off to Smith, the Scot then crossed and McGonigle tapped in a the far post. 

Moments later Jack Scott should have pulled one back from a Saints corner. After reacting first to a knockdown the Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee managed to blaze his shot over from just a few yards out.

Just before the break McGonigle got his second and Derry’s third. Kavanagh played a perfectly weighted pass and the striker smashed the ball across goal leaving Anang with no chance.

City nearly added another just after halftime. They worked a clever corner routine with Patrick McEleney and Kavanagh, the latter’s shot was turned in but the Derry player was in an offside position. 

The visitors kept applying pressure and Patrick McEleney had another chance on 54 minutes, it broke to him on the edge of the box after the Athletic cleared a set piece but the ex-Dundalk man blazed over. 

It was four on the hour mark when Dummigan’s shot flew past Anang and went in off the post. 

Smith had a chance for his second on the 70th minute after good work from Ronan Boyce down the right who crossed but Smith’s attempt was right at Anang. 

Late in the game Saints substitute Ronan Coughlan went off with what looked like a nasty hamstring injury. 

Derry were excellent value for their win. The visitors managed the second half well and were rarely in trouble. 

Pats in contrast, have lost ground on the top two and will be dealt a blow by the manner of the defeat. Shamrock Rovers draw against Sligo Rovers means the Foylesiders are now three points clear at the top while the Saints drop to fifth place.

St. Patrick's Athletic: Joseph Anang; Anto Breslin, Jack Scott (Rónán Coughlan h/t), Ian Bermingham ©, Tom Grivosti, Joe Redmond; Chris Forrester (c), Darragh Burns (Tunde Owolabi 63), Billy King (Jason McClelland), Adam O'Reilly; Eoin Doyle.

Subs not used: David Odumosu, Sam Curtis, Kian Corbally, Mark Doyle, Ben McCormack

Booked: Rónán Coughlan (68). 


Derry City: Brian Maher; Ronan Boyce (Daniel Lafferty 82), Shane McEleney, Cameron Dummigan, Eoin Toal ©, Cameron McJannet, Will Patching (Ciaran Coll 83), Patrick McEleney (Joe Thompson), Brandon Kavanagh (Daithi McCallion 69), Jamie McGonigle (James Akintunde 75), Matty Smyth.

Subs not used: Evan MacLaughlin, Gerard Storey, Jack Malone, Luca Doherty, Liam Mullan, Caoimhin Porter.

Booked: None


Referee: Rob Hennessy

Attendance: 3,000 estimate 

extratime.com Player of the Match : Jamie McGonigle (Derry City)

St. Pats
LMay 27, 2022
Dundalk 1 - 0 St. Pats
WJune 17, 2022
St. Pats 2 - 1 UCD
DJune 24, 2022
Harps 2 - 2 St. Pats
LJune 27, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shamrock R
WJuly 1, 2022
St. Pats 3 - 0 Drogheda
Joseph Anang 1
Joe Redmond 4
Tom Grivosti 5
Anto Breslin 19
© Ian Bermingham 3
Jack Scott 2
45Subbed Off: Rónán Coughlan 45'
Adam O'Reilly 16
Billy King 15
Chris Forrester 8
Darragh Burns 17
63Subbed Off: Tunde Owolabi 63'
Eoin Doyle 9

Kyle Robinson 33
Tunde Owolabi 45
63Subbed On: Darragh Burns 63'
David Odumosu
Ben McCormack 18
83Subbed On: Rónán Coughlan 83'
Jason McClelland 11
Ross Fay
Sam Curtis 22
Rónán Coughlan 10
45Subbed On: Jack Scott 45'
Booked: 68'
83Subbed Off: Ben McCormack 83'
Kian Corbally 31
Derry City
LMay 23, 2022
Sligo 2 - 1 Derry
DMay 27, 2022
Derry 2 - 2 Harps
DJune 17, 2022
Derry 1 - 1 Drogheda
WJune 24, 2022
UCD 0 - 1 Derry
WJuly 1, 2022
Bohs 2 - 3 Derry
26 Brian Maher
16 Shane McEleney
23 Cameron Dummigan
Scored: 60'
2 Ronan Boyce
Defender 82'
82Subbed Off: Daniel Lafferty 82'
6 Eoin Toal ©
10 Patrick McEleney
20 Brandon Kavanagh
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: Daithi McCallion 69'
17 Cameron McJannet
14 Will Patching
Midfielder 83'
83Subbed Off: Ciaran Coll 83'
9 Jamie McGonigle
Scored: 30'
Scored: 42'
75Subbed Off: James Akintunde 75'
12 Matty Smith
Scored: 5'

Daithi McCallion
Defender 69'
69Subbed On: Brandon Kavanagh 69'
24 Daniel Lafferty
Defender 82'
82Subbed On: Ronan Boyce 82'
1 Nathan Gartside
3 Ciaran Coll
Defender 83'
83Subbed On: Will Patching 83'
11 James Akintunde
Forward 75'
75Subbed On: Jamie McGonigle 75'
25 Evan McLaughlin
38 Liam Mullan
33 Caoimhin Porter
8 Joe Thomson


Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 29, 2022

Venue: Richmond Park

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown