LEAGUE OF IRELAND PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RORY PATTERSON | DERRY CITY
The Northern Ireland international was quick to pounce as Ger Barron dwelled in possession inside the opening exchanges before capitalising on a weak back-pass from James Kavanagh to finish expertly. He completed his treble and netted the first hat-trick of the Airtricity League season by firing home a free-kick from just outside the area.
Patterson, who scored twice in last year's FAI Cup final, played just fourteen league games last year for the Foylesiders, finding the net on six occasions. There is no doubt the 28-year-old has an eye for the net, with his goal scoring record both at home and abroad speaking for itself.
Considering the relative inexperience of the other strikers at the club, Patterson will have an important role to play if Derry are to build on last year's cup success and he is well on his way to a fruitful season at the Brandywell.