Drogheda pile more misery on sad Derry
Drogheda 1 - Derry City 0
Derry City suffered a third successive league defeat as they lost by a solitary goal to Drogheda United last night.
Peter Hutton's team could not claim hard luck after last night's display, a scrappy game settled by a second half goal from Cathal Brady.
Hutton made six changes to the team that lost to Cork, perhaps with an eye on Friday's FAI Cup tie with Malahide United, and it told as City lacked fluency and threat.
Fifteen minutes in, Derry were caught out and Drogheda should have taken the lead.
Shane Grimes was picked out by a simple pass from Gary O'Neill and he suddenly found himself one on one with Gerard Doherty, but his shot was too close to the goalkeeper.
Derry improved and came close when Rory Patterson's dipping shot was tipped over for a corner by Michael Schlingermann in the Drogheda goal.
The game was settled in the second half when Carl Walshe crossed for Brady, who turned the ball home from six yards.
Derry pushed hard for an equaliser but the goal continually eluded them with Schlingermann having no saves to make in the second half.
Drogheda: M Schlingermann, M Daly, S Grimes, A McNally, C Brady (P Andrews 90), C McGuigan, C Washe, D Doyle, G Brady (P Crowley 84) P McGlynn, G O'Neill (D O'Brien 87').
Derry City: G Doherty, S Kelly, C Byrne (B McNamee 74), S McEleney, D Jarvis, M Timlin (S Dooley 61'), B Molloy, P Lowry, J Tracey, N Boyle (P McEleney 45'), R Patterson.
Referee: S Grant.
* Last night's match between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers was controversially called off by referee Tomas Connolly, even though both sets of players thought the Bohs' surface was playable.
* Three Danske Bank Premiership matches have been moved from Saturday, August 30 to the Friday night – Coleraine v Portadown (8pm), Glenavon v Ballymena United (7.45pm) and Institute v Warrenpoint Town (7.45pm).