Derry City’s unprecedented four-year reign as EA Sports League Cup holders is finally over.
Galway United delivered a polished performance at Terryland Park yesterday to hand City a first defeat in almost five years in the competition.
The Candystripes were simply unable to contain a lively Galway outfit.
Dave Cooke scored the crucial goal on 35 minutes following Jay O’Shea’s free-kick and, though the Tribesmen should have added to their advantage, they were never threatened by an understrength Derry.
Given the importance of the league campaign this season, most City fans will be happy enough at manager Stephen Kenny’s team selection with such an important match coming up at home to league leaders Bohemians on Friday.
It was a completely changed Derry side to the one which beat bottom side Drogheda 3-0 at the weekend.
Galway proceeded to dominate the remainder of the opening period with Declan Edwards bringing a reflex save from Jennings, then O'Brien squeezed a shot wide following a smashing Michael McGrath delivery.
It was a similar story after the interval with Galway remaining in charge with O'Shea pulling the strings.
Cooke and Edwards both went close later in the second half but United settled for the one goal..
GALWAY UNITED: Ryan; Connelly, Guthrie, Breen, Davoren; Cooke (Faherty, 73) McBrien, McGrath (Russell, 70), O’Brien; O’Shea, Edwards (Molloy, 81).
DERRY CITY: Jennings; Devlin (Clarke, 87), McEleney, Sharkey, McClean; Scullion, Higgins, McAuley, Kearney; McManus, Nash (Cusack, 82).
REFEREE: A Buttimer (Cork).