Premier Division: Derry City move second with 3-1 win over 10-man St Pat's

Gary Shaw and Josh Kerr
Gary Shaw of St Pat's shields the ball from Derry City's Josh Kerr

Derry City moved into second place in the Premier Division with a 3-1 away win over 10-man St Patrick's Athletic.

The Candystripes go above Bohemians on goal difference after Bohs went down to a late 1-0 defeat at Dundalk.

Patrick McClean set Derry on their way to a fourth straight league win with a second-minute goal and then Gerardo Bruna made it 2-0 with a free-kick.

Kevin Toner was sent-off and Junior Ogedi-Uzowke made it 3-0 before Gary Shaw pulled one back before half-time.

Derry were aiming for a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions and got off to the perfect start at Richmond Park when defender McClean drilled in a speculative shot from 25 yards which bounced in front of Brendan Clarke and into the net.

Bruna scored his second goal for Declan Devine's side with a beautifully struck 18th-minute free-kick into the bottom corner and a minute later Toner was dismissed for a rash challenge on visiting captain Ciaron Harkin.

On the half hour Junior steered the ball into the net with his body at the back post to extend Derry's lead.

Centre-back Shaw threw St Pat's a lifeline when he found the net with a diving header soon after but the remainder of the game failed to yield many clear-cut chances.

Derry's busy period of fixtures continues on Friday when they host leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell, followed by an away match with Waterford on Easter Monday.