Derry City vs St Patricks by Luke
Derry City failed to continue their winning streak (two matches), after their victories over Longford and Bohemians as the team comes from a draw away from home against Sligo. That game was played back on previous Friday, as neither of the teams showed something special in attack and the game wasn't that interesting, staying to a goalless draw for all ninety minutes.
Despite poor offensive performance from the teams, it needs to be said that the players of Derry were a bit better and if one of the teams was entitled to something more, it would definitely be them. After this draw, the team remains third at the standings, being currently two points away from second placed Cork and eight away to leaders from Dundalk. Apart from that one, they also played a league cup game on Monday evening, suffering a narrow 1:0 defeat to Limerick and being excluded in the semi-finals.
Their target is to remain at the third position and get the qualifying ticket for the Europa League and for that, a victory tonight is important for the whole club since Shamrock stands fourth with five points less, but also two matches less played. Offensive midfielder and sometimes forward Gareth McGlynn (7/0) remains sidelined for this one too.
St Patricks showed finally some signs of life, as the team was coming from four straight defeats in the league and exclusion in Europa League to Dinamo Minsk, but the team finally recorded a victory last Monday evening when they took on Wexford away from home and celebrated narrow 1:0 victory. That three pointer will surely boost their morale a bit, but there's a long path till the team fully recovers after a very negative run.
It was a very tough match away to Wexford, but the team took the lead in 26th minute via Bermingham, being able to hold onto the lead later on with a bit more defensive approach. It was important victory for them, since the atmosphere didn't go in a positive way for the coach, while the team now remains at sixth position and is somewhat away from the European tickets and will need to put plenty of efforts to competitive again in that race. Visiting side has no fresh injury nor suspension worries.
Having in mind how Derry plays at home, I can't see past a home victory here. It will take a lot more from players of St Patricks to stay undefeated here. Home victory surely has value this time.