After a troubling week off the pitch, Derry City secured maximum points against Bray Wanderers last night.
The victory ensures the Brandywell men kept their Europa League hopes alive, however with one game remaining, Cork City are still in pole position for that all important third place.
Derry City’s Peter Hutton led out his home town club for the 662nd and final time and prior to the kick-off team-mate Eddie McCallion made a special presentation to the skipper.
Youngster David McDaid was unlucky not to continue his hot streak in front of goal when his shot whistled just wide.
Eddie Gormley’s men were inches away from taking a spectacular lead. Skipper Derek Pender’s long range drive produced a tremendous finger tip save from Gerard Doherty, the goalkeeper able to parry the ball around his right hand post.
City broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Tommy Stewart’s run and cross found the in-form McDaid who made no mistake side footing home from close range.
The home side increased their lead in the 55th minute when James McClean’s in swinging corner found Clive Delaney and the big centre-back powerfully headed home against his old club.
Stephen Kenny’s side added a third goal in the 63rd minute in rather fortunate circumstances when Bray defender Dave Mulcahy headed into his own net, after Kevin Deery’s initial knock-down.
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Hutton, Delaney, O’Brien (Kearney 80); Deery (Scullion 79); Molloy, Higgins, McClean; Stewart (Morrow 75); McClean.
Bray Wanderers: O’Connor, Pender, Doyle, Foran (Shields 45); Webster, Brennan, Coughlin (Byrne 67); Mulcahy, Mulroy, Flood, McCabe (Massey 41).
Referee: Mr Damien Hancock (Dublin).