Candystripes finish campaign with hammering by St Pat's Athletic

Celebrations for St Pat's after Conor Clifford scores the opener against Derry
Celebrations for St Pat's after Conor Clifford scores the opener against Derry

Pressure on Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has increased after a disappointing season ended with a 5-0 rout by St Pat's Athletic in Dublin.

An eighth defeat from their final nine league matches left City with an eight-placed finish in the Premier Division.

A superb long-range strike from Conor Clifford put the hosts in front with James Doona and Kevin Toner extending their first-half lead.

Jake Keegan and Doona added goals to condemn dismal Derry to a heavy defeat.

Speculation over Shiels' future will intensify in the wake of another hammering as the Candstripes fell to a 17th defeat in their last 23 league matches.

Derry were first to threaten with skipper Eoin Toal heading over while Keegan also missed out with a close-range header seconds later.

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Toal came close again as another header was cleared off the line and there was controversy when Clifford made the breakthrough on 29 minutes.

City defender Darren Cole was lying injured in the six-yard box but referee Tomas Connolly let play continue and Clifford rifled into the top corner from 30 yards.

Derry's protests were waved away and there was further frustration as St Pat's cleared off the line for a second time with Danny Seaborne's header blocked by Simon Madden.

Doona was put through by Conan Byrne's pass and he rounded keeper Eric Grimes before slotting in after 37 minutes - Derry failed with their claims for offside.

St Pat's made it 3-0 three minutes later as Toner met Clifford's cross to head across goal and into the Derry net.

Derry's Gavin Peers slides in to challenge Jake Keegan at Richmond Park
Derry's Gavin Peers slides in to challenge Jake Keegan at Richmond Park

Keegan added the fourth on 55 minutes, heading in at the backpost from Byrne's cross.

The fifth arrived within a minute and this time it was Noona who headed home from a Byrne delivery.

The match was over as a contest and it fizzled out with Derry unable to muster a serious attempt on goal in the second half.

City started the game in seventh but Sligo's win over Shamrock Rovers saw them slip one place and just above the relegation zone.