McNamee hits milestone goal as Derry climb back into third
Bohemians 0 Derry City 1
Barry McNamee hit Derry City's 100th goal under Kenny Shiels as the Candystripes moved back into third place in the Premier League with a narrow 1-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
The midfielder scored the only goal of the game just before the break, latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area to give the visitors a deserved win, their seventh successive victory over Bohemians.
It was far from an easy victory for Derry, however, as they had to play the final 10 minutes of the game with 10 men following the dismissal of defender Aaron Barry.
Derry were probing continuously in the first half and the opening goal should have been theirs when Rory Patterson fired home for what he thought was his first goal of an injury-plagued season, but Nathan Boyle naively put his foot on the ball as it crossed the line, meaning it was ruled out for offside - much to Patterson's fury.
Boyle claimed he was behind the line when he touched the ball, but his protests were in vain and the goal was chalked off.
The only goal of the game came six minutes before the break when Nicky Low's brilliant pass found Ronan Curtis, whose effort was expertly saved by Bohs goalkeeper Shane Supple. The rebound, however, fell perfectly for McNamee, who swept in his eighth goal of the season to send the visitors into the interval with the lead.
The second half was bad tempered as both teams became involved in unsavoury incidents time and time again, with referee Robert Hennessey handing out several cautions as he attempted to regain control of the game.
Derry could have wrapped the game up 11 minutes from time when a free-kick into the Bohs penalty area was flicked on by Darren Cole. Patterson reacted quickest but could only fire his shot into the side netting.
Just over 60 seconds later, the Candystripes found themselves down to 10 men when Ismahil Akinade got on the wrong side of Barry and raced towards goal before crashing to ground under the defender's challenge.
It prompted a straight red card from referee Hennessey, who decided the Derry defender had denied the Bohs forward a goalscoring opportunity.
Despite having 10 minutes of normal time, plus an added five, with a man advantage, the Bohs failed to not only test Gerard Doherty in the Derry net, but create any chances of note, with their final delivery proving woefully inadequate.
With Bray Wanderers losing at St. Pat's Athletic, the win puts the Candystripes back into third place, which they can now consolidate with a victory over Finn Harps at Finn Park on Monday night.
Bohemians: Supple, Byrne, Corcoran, O'Connor, Kavanagh, Brennan, Sule, Casey, Ward, Morris, O'Hora (Akinade 45).
Derry City: G Doherty, B Doherty, Barry, Cole, McDermott, Low, McEneff, McNamee, Curtis, Boyle (Timlin 78) (Schubert 85), Patterson.
Referee: Robert Hennessy