Derry City’s Europa League campaign suffered another set-back when they lost at Galway United last night.
Despite taking the lead, Stephen Kenny’s side, who had centre-back Clive Delaney sent-off early in the second half, suffered their fourth straight league defeat in a row.
The only good news for the Candystripes came from Turner’s Cross when fellow European challengers Cork City lost to champions Bohemians.
A Ruaidhri Higgins through ball cut the Galway defence apart to release Tam McManus, but his tame shot in the tenth minute failed to trouble Barry Ryan.
Derry City broke the deadlock after 24 minutes in fantastic fashion through Gareth McGlynn. The midfielder pounced on a loose ball before calmly curling it past Ryan.
The home side levelled things in the 38th minute when Cian McBrien fired past Gerard Doherty. Just before the break, Aaron Greene punished sloppy defending by blasting the ball high into the net.
Delaney’s miserable night ended in the 50th minute when, after loosing possession, the big centre-back who was booked in the first half, brought down the winger and was dismissed.
Right at the death substitute Jason Molloy raced clear to seal the victory.
Galway United: Ryan, Conneely, Breen, Guthrie, Davoren; Kelly, McBrien, Murphy, O’Brien; Faherty, Greene. Subs: Molloy & Sinnott for Conneely & Greene (82); Fitzgerald for O’Brien (87).
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Gray, Delaney, O’Brien; Kearney, Martyn, Higgins, McGlynn; Scullion, McManus. Subs: Hutton & McClean for McCallion & Scullion (H-T); McDaid for Kearney (82).
Referee: P Sutton (Clare)