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Derry City blow away Dundalk

By Billy Weir

Derry City 2 Dundalk 0: Derry City easily secured their first home victory of the season with a convincing 2-0 win over Dundalk at the Brandywell last night.

First-half goals from from Gareth McGlynn and Eamon Zayed were enough for the Candystripes to maintain their impressive start to the season.

The win takes Derry into second place in the Airtricity League table ahead of Sligo Rovers, who are in action tonight.

Ruaidhri Higgins brought the first save of the match out of Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie with just three minutes on the clock, but he did well to keep the Limavady man's goal bound effort out of the net.

A clever through ball by Eamon Zayed on 15 minutes released Gareth McGlynn, but a great last ditch tackle by Colin Hawkins put the midfielder off and he fired his shot over Cherrie's crossbar.

City opened the scoring on 30 minutes when Patrick McEleney's run and pass picked out McGlynn (pictured) and he made no mistake this time, blasting home from the right hand edge of the box, despite Cherrie's best efforts to save.

Derry then increased their lead five minutes later when Higgins' cross field pass released Daniel Lafferty and his centre was flicked on by James McClean and the unmarked Zayed slide in to net his second goal of the season.

Stephen Kenny’s side kept the pressure on Dundalk in the second-half as McGlynn's cross-cum-shot on 58 minutes caused big problems for Cherrie and all the Dundalk goalkeeper could do was tip the ball onto his own bar.

More good play down the Derry left ended with McClean's pass finding Zayed, whose inch perfect lay off found Kevin Deery, but the midfielder's drive from 20 yards flashed well wide.

DERRY CITY: Doherty, McCallion, Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; McGlynn, Higgins, Deery, McClean; P McEleney, Zayed. Subs: McLaughlin for P McEleney (72).

DUNDALK: Cherrie, Madden, Guthrie, Hawkins, N Murphy; Kearns, Bennett, McDonnell, Gaynor; Quigley, Byrne. Subs: Ward for McDonnell (75).

Referee: Damien Hancock (Dublin).

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