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Derry City made it six league wins in succession as they saw off Bohemians in an action-packed game at the Brandywell.
It is now nine consecutive wins for Derry against Bohemians, who were left to rue a second half red card for Paddy Kavanagh as the moment the game got away from them.
Shane Supple was picking the ball out of his net on 20 minutes as Derry took the lead in impressive fashion. Low found Aaron McEneff on the edge of the Bohs area, and despite having two defenders at his back, he skillfully worked his way into the area before driving a left-footed shot low past Supple and into the bottom corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
But the lead lasted just six minutes as Bohs hit back in style, Dylan Watts racing in behind the Derry defence and hooking the ball over Gerard Doherty to level the game.
The Bohs goal was leading a charmed life and Supple was left standing again on 30 minutes as an incredible through ball by McEneff cut the Bohs defence apart and Ronan Hale raced onto it before driving a ferocious effort past the goalkeeper, only to rattle the upright which was left shaking.
Bohs were working hard to push Derry onto the back foot, but Paddy Kavanagh’s efforts were viewed as too severe by referee Rogers on 56 minutes, producing a red card for the former Derry man for a lunge on Ronan Curtis.
Derry wasted no time in taking advantage of the extra man as they restored their lead within seconds of the dismissal. Jack Doyle whipped in a superb cross which was brilliantly taken out of the air by Ronan Hale, whose shot was then saved by Supple, who only managed to turn it into the path of Rory Patterson, who lashed his team back into the lead with his fourth goal of the season.
Derry finally made the game safe in added time when Nicky Low raced clear, rounded Supple and slotted in his first ever goal for the Candy Stripes.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Darren Cole, Gavin Peers, Eoin Toal, Jack Doyle, Aaron McEneff, Rory Hale, Nicky Low, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson (John Cofie 82’), Ronan Hale (Jamie McDonagh 73’).
Bohemians: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore (Kevin Devaney 87’), Philip Gannon, Dinny Corcoran (Eoghan Stokes 61’), Paddy Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, JJ Luney (Andy Lyons 69’), Dylan Watts.
Referee: Rob Rogers.
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