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Anthony Elding turns on the power to see off Drogheda

Derry City 3-0 Drogheda United

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City got their first home win of the season as they easily dismissed Drogheda United at the Brandywell.

Two goals from home debutant Anthony Elding and one from Barry McNamee saw Derry get their first win in four games against Drogheda, who finished the game with 10 men, after defender Jason Marks saw red late on.

Derry took the lead with their first attack after eight minutes. Mark Timlin sent a cross right into the heart of the visitors' penalty area and Elding sent a powerful diving header past Michael Schlingermann from close range.

It was 2-0 10 minutes before the break. Joe Gorman sent a poor clearance straight to Barry McNamee, leaving Schlingermann stranded in the process.

The Derry City midfielder made him pay for that mistake as he volleyed the ball into the net past the despairing dive of the Drogheda goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

The Candystripes should have had their third just shy of the hour mark when a flick on by Patrick McEleney caught Lloyd Buckley out of position and Josh Daniels nipped in behind the Drogheda defence. Daniels fed the pass left to Mark Timlin, who was racing into the area, but with just Schlingermann to beat the winger blazed the ball over the bar and the chance was gone.

Drogheda were not out of it as long as Derry continued to miss chances and when McNamee fouled Kavanagh 20 yards from goal, the former Cork man sent a brilliant free kick over the Derry wall, an effort that had Doherty scrambling across goal only for the ball to just clear the crossbar.

The game was up for Drogheda on 77 minutes. Patrick McEleney surged towards the Drogheda penalty area and played a through ball out wide towards Shaun Kelly.

The full back dinked a brilliant cross over Schlingermann and it seemed as if Daniels was going to head into the empty net until he went down under a clumsy challenge from Jason Marks.

Referee Rob Rogers adjudged that the challenge was illegal and pointed to the penalty spot, producing a red card for Marks in the process.

It was left to Elding to seal the points for Derry as he stepped up and emphatically beat Schlingermann from the penalty spot, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

DERRY CITY: Doherty, Kelly, SMcEleney (Clucas 71'), McBride, Barry, Timlin, Lowry (Houston 84'), McNamee, Daniels, P McEleney (Curran 84'), Elding.

Drogheda UNITED: Schlingermann, Gorman, Hughes, Daly, Brady (Rooney 70'), Brennan (Duffy 45'), Walshe, Maher, Buckley, Kavanagh (Scott 81'), Marks.

Referee: Rob Rogers.

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