Football: Saint Half Hot Mum as Candy Suffer a Licking; Eircom Premier Division: Derry City 0 St Pat's 1 PAT'S FANS DREAM OF TITLE WIN

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Byline: Michael SCULLY Chief Sports Writer

IT'S very early days but Saints fans are dreaming ISaints fans are dreamingthat the glory days could be revisited this season.

Off the field things couldn't be better following the recent club takeover and the return of Brian Kerr as the new Director of Football.

On the field, it's also ticking along very nicely indeed. Anthony Murphy's strike five minutes from half-time at the Brandywell last night was enough to move Johnny McDonnell's side clear at the top of the FAI Eircom League table.

Significantly, their victory at the Brandywell last night was achieved over the only other side who had a 100 per cent record after two rounds of the campaign.

And Derry boss Pat Fenlon won't be happy with the way that vital goal was conceded in what has transpired to be a bad week for the Foylesiders.

Having managed not to cough up a goal before Tuesday, Fenlon has now seen his side lose a brace through near post headers from corners in the space of four days.

Fenlon spoke of his side lacking desire after losing to Linfield at Windsor Park - and won't be happy to have lost ground to Pat's in the League, courtesy of Murphy's header from John Frost's flag-kick.

Derry only turned it on too late in the second half and the Saints' three central defenders were not troubled enough, save for a dangerous Pat McCourt cross that somehow evaded a City boot.

They have work to do before facing Linfield again on Monday.

In truth, Pat's looked comfortable enough on their trip north, despite the presence of a large home support, and they should have scored as early as the fourth minute.

Joseph Ndo provided the inch-perfect pass to Mark Quigley that deserved to be finished off, but Patrick Jennings made the save and Darren Kelly the follow-up clearance.

Derry enjoyed a spell of pressure after that, relying on McCourt to provide the inspiration and cutting edge in the visitors box.

He rose highest to deliver a dangerous flick on from a corner he had won himself before, in the 20th minute, setting off on a trademark run - cutting in from the left, he was just denied a shot. …