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Saints fans rejoice as Pat's retain Premier Division status

A 1-1 draw away to Derry City was enough to keep the 2013 champions up, while the Candystripes are into Europe.

Killian Brennan was on target for Pat's (file photo).
Killian Brennan was on target for Pat's (file photo).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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SUPPORTERS OF ST Patrick’s Athletic can rest easy tonight after they secured their top flight status for 2018.

The Saints travelled to Maginn Park to face Derry City knowing a draw would be enough to consign either Galway United or Sligo Rovers to relegation.

And Liam Buckley’s side went ahead on 26 minutes through former Candystripes midfielder Kilian Brennan. Conan Byrne was the provider as Brennan beat goalkeeper Eric Grimes with a clinical finish.

Early in the second half, Derry responded through experienced striker Rory Patterson, who blasted the ball home from 20 yards. The home side looked most likely to add a second, but the game ended all-square.

While Pat’s finish the season in eighth place, Kenny Shiels has led his club to one of the European spots — a remarkable feat given they tragically lost captain Ryan McBride back in March.

DERRY CITY: Eric Grimes, Conor McDermott, Dean Jarvis, Darren Cole, Aaron Barry, Lukas Schubert (Jamie McIntyre 69), Aaron McEneff, Barry McNamee, Harry Monaghan, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC: Lukasz Skowron, Michael Barker, Ian Bermingham, Lee Desmond, Gavin Peers, Killian Brennan, Conan Byrne, Billy Dennehy, Graham Kelly, Kurtis Byrne (Josh O’Hanlon 90), Christy Fagan (Paul O’Conor 65).

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