Derry City continued their winning streak with a hard-fought win over Dundalk at Oriel Park. Vinny Faherty gave the hosts the lead, but penalty goals from Rory Patterson either side of a Barry McNamee long-range effort gave the visitors all three points.
Dundalk had the ball in the net after just three minutes, but saw Kurtis Byrne's finish ruled out for offside. Byrne went close again minutes later, with a volley after good play from Keith Ward. The midfielder was on hand once again to unleash Vinny Faherty who powered home to give the hosts an 18th minute lead. The visitors improved as the half went on, and grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot. Rory Patterson converted the spot kick after Ruaidhri Higgins was fouled in the area.
The penalty changed the momentum of the game. Dundalk had been the better side in the first half hour, but the equaliser inspired the visitors. After a few threatening runs in the second-half, Derry made their chances count, with Barry McNamee scoring from a corner after Peter Cherrie failed to get the ball clear. The Dundalk stopper was quick to keep out a great breakaway from Michael Rafter, but could do little to stop Patterson from getting his second. John Sullivan blocked a shot with his arm, and referee Neil Doyle pointed to the spot for the second time. Patterson stepped up and put the ball past Cherrie for his seventh goal of the season.
Derry were a man down with a quarter of an hour to go as Shane McEleney saw red for a collision with Tiarnan Mulvenna. Neil Doyle felt that the defender used his elbow to halt Mulvenna, and sent him straight off. Dundalk searched in vain for a way back into the game, but Derry defended well to move within two points of leaders Sligo Rovers once more.