Derry City got back to winning ways with a deserved victory over Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell.
Derry City 2
Sligo Rovers 0
After losing their 100% home record to Dundalk two weeks ago, the Candy Stripes came into this one determined and they had too much for a limited Sligo side in this derby game.
The Derry City fans were on their feet almost celebrating a goal ten minutes in when Barry McNamee had the presence of mind to pick out Eoghan Stokes in the area. The midfielder’s first time shot flew past goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney but flew into the side netting, fooling some City fans into premature celebrations.
Just a minute later those same City fans were making noise again, this time in admiration of goalkeeper Nathan Gartside, who produced a stunning save to deny Liam Kerrigan, whose curling effort from 20 yards seemed destined for the top corner of the net until the youngster tipped the ball over for a corner.
City started the second half well and they got the goal they craved on 59 minutes. Barry McNamee latched onto another weak clearance from Beeney and he broke through a challenge before playing David Parkhouse through on goal. The striker took one touch before expertly whipping it past Beeney to make it 1-0.
Sligo went three at the back as they chased the equaliser in the closing stages and they very nearly got the goal on 85 minutes when Russell sent a brilliant volley past Gartside who was completely beaten but fortunately for Derry the ball whistle just wide of the target.
Derry sealed the points in the second of four added minutes at the end of the game, substitute Gianni Seraf setting up Ciaron Harkin who sent a shot across Beeney and into the net.
Derry City: Gartside, Cole, Toal, Gilchrist, Coll, Sloggett, Harkin, McNamee (Kerr 90’), Ogide-Uzokwe, Stokes (Seraf 73’), Parkhouse (Bruna 88’).
Sligo Rovers: Beeney, Donelon, Dante Leverock, Callan-McFadden, Dunleavy, Warde (Russell 73’), Fordyce, Twardek (Parkes 80’), Keaney, Kerrigan (Mahon 80’), Coughlan.
Referee: Tomas Connolly.
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