Goals from wingers Gareth McGlynn and Niall McGinn were enough for Derry City to record a deserved victory over Galway United.
The win means United stay in the relegation zone two points behind City’s north west rivals Finn Harps, as for Derry they continue to hunt down St Patrick’s Athletic for second place.
Not for the first time this season a host of cross channel scouts from West Brom, Portsmouth, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest were interested spectators at the Brandywell last night.
The scouts were casting their eye over City duo Niall McGinn and Mark Farren and Galway striker James O’Shea.
Derry started on the front foot and deservedly took the lead in the tenth minute, following a swift break down their left.
Stephen Gray’s run and cross found Kevin Deery at the back post, his first time drive was parried by United keeper Gary Rogers and the alert Gareth McGlynn spectacularly overhead kicked the ball home.
City were inches away from doubling their lead ten minutes later but Ruaidhri Higgins’ 20 yard free-kick was pushed around his right hand post by Rogers.
Just after the half-hour mark the home side should have increased their lead when Stephen Gray’s deep centre from the left found an unmarked Farren at the back post but his header was kept out by the alert Rogers.
Five minutes before the interval Sammy Morrow missed a golden opportunity for the home side when he latched onto Marc McCulloch’s poor back header, but the former Northern Ireland Under 21 international saw his close range drive saved by Rogers.
Right on the stroke of half-time another flowing Derry move ended with Higgins’ clever step over finding Farren, but the much sought after striker blasted over from the edge of the area.
The Brandywell men deservedly scored their second two minutes later when McGlynn’s right wing cross found an unmarked McGinn who powerfully headed home from the penalty spot.
Galway they were given a life line in the 70th minute but James O’Shea failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Clive Delaney upended Vinny Faherty inside the area and referee Richie Winter pointed to the spot, but Doherty diving to his right kept out O’Shea’s resulting spot-kick.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]Late on O’Shea saw his cross cum shot from the right had Doherty beaten, but his effort came back off the crossbar.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]Then in stoppage time ex-Institute winger Iarfhlaith O’Dabhorain saw his close range drive tipped over by Doherty.
Derry City: Doherty, Callaghan, Hutton, Delaney, Gray; McGlynn, Higgins Deery, McGinn; Morrow, Farren. Subs: McHugh & Stewart for Farren & Morrow (76); Martyn for McGinn (84).
Galway United: Rogers, Conneely, A Keane, Fitzgerald, McCulloch; Foley, Lester, Russell, J Keane; O’Shea, Faherty. Subs: Glynn for Foley (56); O’Dabhorain for J Keane (63); Murphy for Russell (78).
Referee: Mr Ritchie Winter (Wicklow).