Declan Devine's almost gave up a two goal lead on their way to a lucky 3-2 victory at Hunky Dory ParkDerry City's title push has received a major boost following Rory Patterson's late heroics earned the Candystripes a 3-2 victory against Drogheda United at Hunky Dory Park. Drogheda will find the result hard to take after two goals from Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien helped the hosts recover from a two goal deficit.
Drogheda started the game brightest, continuing their strong recovery from the dissapointment of their performance in the Setanta Cup final. Mick Cooke had them keep a high line which kept Derry on the back foot for the majority of the first half.
Unfortunately for Drogheda, their best chances fell to Alan Byrne. The big centre half was guilty of fluffing at least two wonderful opertunites to get on the score sheet. Byrne's night was made worse after his apparant own goal gave Derry took an unlikely lead before the break. Barry McNamee might claim the goal as it was his corner that drifted almost straight in.
Derry came out picked lifted the game after the break with Drogs struggling to keep to their high pressing plan. The Ulster side eventually doubled their lead following a fatal back pass allowed Mark Griffin to play Rory Patterson through to finish neatly.
Being 2-0 kicked finally woke Drogheda up, with subsititute Declan O'Brien taking advantage of some careless Derry defending, scoring two goals inside two minutes. Their fightback put Derry instantly on the back foot but as Drogheda pushed for the win, the visitors were allowed to break with Patterson being played clear on goal to snatch the win.
The victory sees the Candystripes keep up the pressure on league leaders Sligo Rovers, who take on Dundalk on Saturday evening.