Derry City midfielder Barry Molloy hailed his team's team spirit as the Candystripes cameback to win the final football game at Lansdowne Road in thrilling fashion with a 4-3 FAI Carlsberg Cup Final win over St Patrick's Athletic.

It was a fitting send-off for departing manager Stephen Kenny as the City players showed the fighting spirit that has won them so many admirers this season.

Speaking to RTÉ News afterwards influential midfielder Molloy said: 'Obviously we are exhausted after a long, hard season. It’s unbelievable.

'Our team spirit kicked in. Even though we went behind three times we kept going. We knew we had to because we didn’t want to lay down and die.

'It was an unbelievable game and a great way to end Lansdowne Road. Fair play to St Pat’s they played their part.'

After the game Derry City captain Peter Hutton told fai.ie: 'We have a never-say-die attitude and you need that in Cup Finals. Our fans have travelled across Europe to support us and they were here again today in their droves despite the terrible conditions.'

Outgoing Derry manager Stephen Kenny echoed his captain's comments. He said: 'All credit to our players, they came back and it’s not the first time they've done that this season.

'It was a classic final; normally they finish 1-0 but it was great to be part of today’s game. Pats were fantastic and I thought the game was getting away from us when we conceded the penalty in the second half.' 

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