Liam Kearney marked his long awaited return to the Derry City side with a late header, in their comfortable 3-0 win over Dundalk.
The Cork man netted City’s third, after two first half strikes from Thomas Stewart and Tam McManus made life easy for Stephen Kenny’s side.
Derry broke the deadlock in the early stages, thanks to a fantastic four man move, which Thomas Stewart finished off.
Stephen Kenny’s side doubled their lead in the 29th minute after good play by Barry Molloy.
The midfielder won possession from Paul McAreavey on the half-way line, before racing clear and finding McManus, who fired the ball low into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Dundalk were reduced to ten men two minutes before the break when striker Alex Williams was ordered off by referee Tomas Connolly, after picking up two yellow cards in the space of just 10 seconds. The first for a foul on Delaney, before getting dismissed for dissent.
Derry scored a third just before the end when Kearney headed home from close range, after David Scullion’s perfect cross had picked him out.
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Hutton, Delaney, Hutton, McClean; McGlynn, Molloy, Martyn, Scullion; McManus, Stewart. Subs: Kearney for McClean (58); Farren for McManus (77); Nash for Stewart (90).
Dundalk: Cherrie, Kelly, McKinley, Burns, Heary, Williams, McGowan, McAreavey, Coburn, Daly, Rowe. Subs: Mansaram for Coburn (H-T); Murphy for Mansaram (90); Smith for McKinley (90).
Referee: Tomas Connolly (Dublin).