03 August 2020 22:42
Declan Devine's visitors empathically exorcised the ghosts of Friday's disappointing home defeat to Sligo Rovers as they showed more energy and desire than St Patrick's who were a shadow of the side that earned a point at champions Dundalk the same night. Having solemnly observed a minute's silence in memory of their club president, John Hume, Derry did start a little sluggishly with goalkeeper Peter Cherrie worked inside six minutes. St Patrick's skipper Robbie Benson made space to find the target from just outside the area with a crisp right-foot drive to force the save in what would prove the main note of a fitful first half. Midfielder Joe Thompson swivelled on the edge of the area to curl a shot not far wide after probing link play down the right between McCormack and the hard-running Akintunde. Minutes later, Walter Figueira drilled narrowly past Brendan Clarke's right-hand post as Derry's industry and work-rate began to frustrate the home side.
As half-time approached St Patrick's were caught napping again down the right as Derry appeals for a penalty went unheeded when Akintunde appeared to be impeded in the area by Shane Griffin as he raced to the end line from McCormack's ball over the top. St Pat's needed a response and a bout of pressure almost delivered it seven minutes later as Cherrie had to be fully alert to add to his first half save from Benson when tipping away an in-swinging shot from Jordan Gibson. A debut goal from new signing James Akintunde and a second from captain Conor McCormack got Derry City's season back up and running at Richmond Park. Declan Devine's visitors empathically exorcised the ghosts of Friday's disappointing home defeat to Sligo Rovers as they showed more energy and desire than St Pat's who were a shadow of the side that earned a point at champions Dundalk the same night. Having observed a minute's silence in memory of club president John Hume, Derry started a little sluggishly with goalkeeper Peter Cherrie worked inside six minutes.
The former Maindehead United striker netted five minutes into the second half before City skipper and man of the match, Conor McCormack doubled the visitors' advantage with an excellent strike on 73 minutes. Peter Cherrie produced three sensational close range saves to deny St Pat's substitute, Martin Rennie in the dying seconds of the match to ensure the clean sheet as Derry moved into fifth spot. Colm Horgan, Jack Malone and new signing, James Akintunde were all handed starts at the expense of Conor Clifford, Stephen Mallon and Ciaron Harkin who all dropped to the bench. Robbie Benson, scorer of the equaliser against his old club, Dundalk last Friday the Saints 1-1 draw, dispossed Cononr McCormack after three minutes and when the ball broke to Jordan Gibson his ambitoious effort on the half volley sailed wide. Benson was in the thick of the action yet again three minutes later as the ball broke to him on the edge of the penalty area following a corner kick. Derry made a blistering start to the second half and broke the deadlock following a lovely move involving Colm Horgan on 50 minutes.The Galwegian played inside to Jack Malone he picked out Akintunde who slotted into the far corner of the net from 12 yards for a debut goal. Derry doubled their lead on 73 minutes when City skipper, McCormack picked up a loose ball 20 yards from goal and bent his strike into the bottom corner. Cherrie produced three sensational saves at point blank range to deny St Pat's sub, Martin Rennie inside 60 seconds of second half stoppage time to ensure a clean sheet as Derry returned to winning ways with a fantastic overall display. St Pat's: Brendan Clarke; David Titov (Jason McClelland h-t), Lee Desmond, Luke McNally, Rory Feely, Shane Griffin, Robbie Benson, Jordan Gibson (Darragh Markey 75), Jamie Lennon (Darragh Burns 75), Dan Ward (Chris Forrester 51), Georgie Kelly (Martin Rennie 64): Subs Not Used - Conor Kearns, Ian Bermingham. Derry City: Peter Cherrie: Colm Horgan, Eoin Toal, Ally Gilchrist, Ciaran Coll: Jack Malone (Conor Clifford 85), Conor McCormack, Gerardo Bruna (Stephen Mallon 66), Walter Figueira; Joe Thomson; James Akintunde (Ciaron Harkin 89): Subs Not Used - N. Derry City enjoyed their first trip to Dublin in 2020 by claiming a 2-0 win away to St Patrick's Athletic, on a night when debutant James Akintunde announced his presence in the league with a goal for the Candystripes. City had been below par on the opening night of the season's restart, at home to Sligo Rovers, but they looked a lot sharper in Richmond Park, enjoying a win on the day when the city paid tribute to local hero, and club supporter, John Hume, goals in the second half from Akintunte and Conor McCormack. St Pat's had started well, captain Robbie Benson on the advance as early as the sixth minute with a decent move and shot which forced a save from Peter Cherrie, and on 15 minutes Jamie Lennon's free kick dropped nicely for Rory Feely, but his headed effort was well wide. Pat's made a change at the break but it was Derry who started the second half with a fresher approach, going 1-0 up four minutes after the restart thanks to Akintunde, an assist from Jack Malone after good build-up play from Colm Horgan. St Pat's had chances in the closing stages and had Cherrie under pressure but he held firm, claimed a clean sheet and Derry took home the win. St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; McNally, Desmond, Feely; Lennon (Burns 76), Ward (Forrester 50); Titov (McClelland, 46), Benson, Gibson (Markey 76), Griffin; Kelly (Rennie 63). Derry City: Cherrie; Toal, Gilchrist, Coll; McCormack; Horgan, Malone (Clifford 88), Thomson, Bruna (Mallon 65), Figuera; Akintunde (Harkin 85).