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Thursday 22 August 2019

Saints star Lee is a Kompany man

Derry City 1 St Pat's Ath 1

Lee Desmond
Lee Desmond

Lee Desmond channelled his inner Vincent Kompany last night to rescue a share of the spoils for St Pat's at the Brandywell.

Kompany fired home Manchester City's crucial winner against Leicester City on Monday evening, with a jaw-dropping effort from all of 30 yards.

The Belgian's team-mates admitted they were surprised to see him even attempting the shot, and that must have been the case for Desmond's St Pat's team-mates last night.

Pat's trailed to an early Barry McNamee effort when, on the half-hour, Desmond controlled the ball and fired an unstoppable effort that sailed into the top corner, giving Peter Cherrie no chance. What a way to score your first goal for the club.

Despite such a high-octane opening half-hour, that was to be the end of the scoring, and the visitors will have headed for home the happier side.

Harry Kenny's team went into last night's match on the back of successive defeats to Shamrock Rovers and Waterford. Furthermore, Derry would have fancied their chances following their 3-1 victory over the same opponents last month.

Attempts

However, the Saints - who remain fifth, four points behind Derry - were good value for the draw and may have even won it, but Gary Shaw and Chris Forrester saw their attempts saved by Cherrie.

At Turners Cross, Cork City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 defeat of UCD.

Goals from front men Karl Sheppard and Graham Cummins - in the fifth and 53rd minutes - condemned the Students to their 12th loss in 16 games.

It represents an ideal start for interim Cork boss John Cotter, who has maximum points following last week's defeat of Bohemians.

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