CILLIAN MORRISON saw red as Derry City grabbed a fine 1-0 away win at St Patrick’s Athletic in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tonight.
The Letterkenny native (pictured above) was dismissed on 43 minutes having been booked for a second time; the first for upending Morgan Langley and the second for a foul on Ger O’Brien. At that stage, Peter Hutton’s side were a goal up after Ciaran O’Connor had headed them into a 19th minute lead.
The visitors, who had Ramelton’s Barry McNamee in midfield, almost went two up in the second half when Patrick McElaney struck the post. Conan Byrne missed the chance to grab an equaliser on 86 minutes when he blazed a penalty over the crossbar after Ryan McBride had been penalised for a foul.
Ronan Curtis from St Johnston was an 87th minute substitute for a Derry side who are now up to seventh in the table. Buncana’s Mark Timlin missed out with a hamstring injury, while Shaun Patton from Letterkenny was the substitute goalkeeper and Newtowncunningham’s Seamus Sharkey was also on the bench.
Elsewhere, in the Premier Division, Shaun Kelly from Killybegs helped bottom of the table Limerick FC to a fourth win in five when they hammered Drogheda United 4-1 at United Park.
Kelly rejoined Limerick having been release from Derry in the summer and Martin Russell’s side had a dream start at United Park, going 3-0 up in the first 13 minutes with Vinny Faherty, Ian Turner and Darragh Rainsford on the mark.
Drogheda pulled one back when Tiarnan Mulvenna netted on 25 minutes before Robbie Williams added a fourth for the visitors on 41 minutes.