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Derry lift Irish FAI Cup

Sunday 4 November 2012 21.12 CET
Derry emerged triumphant at the Dublin Arena

Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson emerged as a new folk hero for Derry City FC as two goals from the striker helped his side defeat Saint Patrick's Athletic FC to claim their fifth Irish FAI Cup.

Three of the previous four finals have been decided by a penalty shoot-out after extra time could not separate the teams, and the 16,117 supporters at the Dublin Arena wondered if spot kicks would again be needed as the two sides were level following the regular 90 minutes.

Fourteen minutes into the first period of extra time, however, Patterson – who has missed much of the season through injury – picked up on a flick from team-mate Ruaidhri Higgins and fired the winning shot past Saints goalkeeper Brendan Clarke.

"It's a great feeling – to come to Dublin and score the winner in the cup final is the stuff you dream about as a kid," said Patterson, who had come on as a 59th-minute substitute. "St Pats were a great side; they have been a fantastic team all season and they made us work very, very hard for the win. So we know we have beaten a very good team, but we were deserved winners on the day."

After a quiet first half, the game exploded into life in the second period when Sean O'Connor put St Patrick's in front with a free-kick on 53 minutes, before goals from defender Stewart Greacen (54) and Patterson (68) left Derry in front heading towards the finish. With four minutes of regular time remaining, Saints striker Christy Fagan latched onto O'Connor's cross and scored the equaliser to make it 2-2, but Patterson would have the final say.

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