Rory Patterson scored the first hat-trick of the Airtricity League season as Derry City swept aside ten-man UCD in Belfield on Friday evening.
Martin Russell's side were perhaps unlucky not to pick up anything on the opening weekend for their efforts at Dalymount Park against Bohemians but there is no doubt they got what they deserved from this game. David O’Connor's second half dismissal didn't help but when the UCD captain was sent for an early bath just after the hour mark, the game was well and truly over as a contest.
The game was just eight minutes old when Patterson set the Candystripes on their way as UCD ‘keeper Ger Barron was inexplicably caught in possession by the Derry striker after a straight-forward back-pass from Hugh Douglas; The Northern Ireland international had the simple task of dribbling the ball into the empty net.
The Limerick-born shot-stopper's mistake was to set the tone for the rest of the evening as defensive mistakes led to Derry and Patterson's second and third goals. The 28-year-old latched onto James Kavanagh’s weak back-pass before slotting past the helpless Barron and shortly after completed his treble with a powerful free-kick.
In an attempt to get his side back into the game, UCD boss Martin Russell made three changes at the interval but it was the visitors who ensured the points were heading back to the Brandywell as Thomas Crawley slotted home his first goal for the club.
Things went from bad to worse for UCD as O'Connor picked up his second yellow of the game shortly after the hour mark before substitute Michael Rafter scored a sublime long-range effort and Mark Griffin was rewarded for his efforts after fine play from Barry McNamee to cap-off a fine evening’s work in the capital.