Airtricity Premier Division: Derry City 1-0 Bohemians

Bohemian's Derek Pendergast in action against Patrick McClean of Derry City
Bohemian's Derek Pendergast in action against Patrick McClean of Derry City

Rory Patterson's early goal proved enough to give second-placed Derry City a home victory over Bohemians in Friday night's Premier Division clash.

The win keeps the Candystripes two points behind leaders Dundalk who won 2-0 away to Shamrock Rovers.

Former Plymouth striker Patterson scored his sixth goal of the season in the 14th minute at the Brandywell.

He shot into an empty net after the ball broke to him when keeper Dean Delany thwarted Barry McNamee.

Derry have a fine record in matches in which they have scored first
Derry have a fine record in matches in which they have scored first

Kurtis Byrne should have netted a speedy equaliser but the son of former Celtic player Paul Byrne completely missed his kick in front of goal.

That was the one big scare for Kenny Shiels' men on a night when both keepers had a quiet night.

Derry City have won six and drawn two in the eight games they have played since losing to Finn Harps on the first day of the season.

SSE Airtricity Premier Division
Cork City3-1Finn Harps
Derry City1-0 Bohemians
Shamrock Rovers0-2Dundalk
Wexford Youths0-2Galway United

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