Derry City's reserve keeper, Pat Jennings, certainly emulated his father of the same name at the Brandywell when presenting the Candystripes with their seventh eircom League Cup title.

In was a sensational game against Shelbourne decided in what proved a thrilling penalty shoot-out after the home side had two players sent off .

First choice keeper, David Forde, was shown a straight red card by referee, Ian Stokes, in the 83rd minute when adjudged to have handled outside his area.

And compounding those woes came the dismissal of left winger, Killian Brennan, during injury time, yet with nine men Derry amazingly held out.

Indeed, Shelbourne's three-pronged attack of Glen Crowe, Jason Byrne and Alan Moore failed to breach a determined rearguard as the 'Candy Stripes' stood tall despite their disadvantage.

With normal and extra- time failing to produce that vital goal - both sides cancelling each other out in the vital areas - the sendings-off sent noise levels at Brandywell to crescendo point.

But who could have predicted the final outcome - Shelbourne's Gary Rogers, Jason Byrne and Glen Crowe all denied by Jennings in that shoot-out.

Derry, however, backed up by the noise made by over 5,000 fans, made that 12th man count and Kevin Deery, Ruaidhri Higgins and Darren Kelly all got the better of Shels keeper, Steve Williamson, to win the day in the end.

Amazingly, these sides meet again at Tolka Park this Friday night in a game which many feel could have a major bearing on the destination of the Premier Division title.

Derry, therefore, successfully defended their title and while this victory sees the Brandywell club gain entry into the Setanta Cup, that statistic will matter little to Kenny as there are bigger prizes on the horizon.

For many Derry fans, the first leg of the eircom League treble has now been secured as Stephen Kenny attempts to equal the feat of Jim McLaughlin back in 1989.

And, just for the record, it was the Dubliner's 100th game in charge since his arrival at Brandywell in  August, 2004.

Derry City - 4-4-2: Forde; Deery, Oman, Kelly Hargan; McCourt (Hutton, 102 mins.), Martyn, Molloy (Higgins, 65 mins.), Brennan; Farren (Jennings, 83 mins.), Beckett.

Shelbourne - 4-4-2: Williams; Heary, Dillon (Harris, 106 mins.), Hawkins, Rogers; Baker (J. Byrne, 104 mins.), O'Halloran, S. Byrne, Cahill; Crowe, O'Neill (Moore, 80 mins.)

Referee: Mr. Ian Stokes (Dublin).