Five-star Derry City on crest of a wave
Derry City 5 - Bray Wanderers 0
Derry City made it four consecutive wins – and two 5-0 victories in a row – as they dominated Bray at the Brandywell last night.
Just three days after sweeping Aberystwyth aside in the Europa League, Peter Hutton's team produced another scintillating display, with Patrick McEleney and Rory Patterson both scoring twice to help Derry extend their unbeaten record to seven games and move into the top half of the table.
There was no sign of tiredness among the City players who were on top from early on and they were aided on their way by two sensational goals from McEleney.
The Brandywell was on its feet just 12 minutes in as the midfielder added to his growing collection of wonder goals.
Receiving the ball 35 yards from goal, McEleney whipped a ferocious shot goalwards which sped like a bullet past Stephen McGuinness to give Derry the lead.
Just past the half hour mark McEleney scored another stunner, but this time the Derry fans were gasping over the quality of the assist as well as the goal.
Patterson's superb pass found McEleney who burst clear and lobbed the ball over McGuinness to double Derry's lead with his sixth goal of the season.
Bray could have been out of the game completely by half time as Derry won a free kick 20 yards out.
McEleney was hovering around the ball but it was Patterson who struck it ferociously through the wall, forcing a fine save from McGuinness.
Derry made it 3-0 just after the hour.
Mark Timlin won the ball in midfield and set off on a three-on-one counter attack.
Timlin found McEleney who played a square pass for Patterson and the striker had an easy tap-in for his 10th goal of the season.
Having produced their biggest wins of the season in the two games against Welsh side Aberystwyth – 5-0 away and 4-0 at home – Derry were in the mood for goals and continued to attack, eventually getting their fourth with just over 20 minutes to play.
McEleney's corner bounced through for Patterson who volleyed in his second of the game.
The scoring was completed two minutes from time by debutant Stephen Dooley, the substitute lashing in from close range to make it 5-0.
Derry are back in European action on Thursday against Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus.
Derry: Doherty, Jarvis (Lowry 48), S McEleney, Barry, Ventre, Duffy (Tracey 70), Molloy, McNamee, Timlin (Dooley 70), P McEleney, Patterson
Bray: McGuinness, Cooney, Cassidy, O'Neill (McDonagh 64), Akinade (Hurley 75), J Kelly, O'Connor, Zambra, Scully, Curran (Coombes 64), G Kelly
Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin)