Derry caught cold as Cork show their title credentials
Derry City 1 Cork City 2
Cork City came from behind to inflict back-to-back defeats on Derry City in an entertaining game at Maginn Park last night.
Rory Patterson made his long-awaited return for Derry City and he gave them an added threat in attack, up against former team-mate Conor McCormack at centre-half. Ronan Curtis almost opened the scoring as Derry City started brightly, latching onto Barry McNamee's cross.
Cork responded but Stephen Dooley missed from close range.
The home fans were on their feet on 17 minutes, however, as Barry McNamee took advantage of some slack defending, drilling his shot past Mark McNulty for his seventh goal of the season.
Derry then gifted Cork an equaliser on the half hour, Karl Sheppard dinking the ball over Gerard Doherty and into the net.
Cork took the lead in spectacular fashion on 37 minutes when Gearoid Morrissey found the net with a strike from 35 yards.
Cork were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half, Keohane dismissed for a second yellow card, but despite late efforts from Derry, Cork held on.
Derry City: Doherty, McDermott (Timlin 85), Jarvis, McEneff, Low, McNamee, Monaghan (Schubert 76), Curtis, Patterson, Boyle, Barry.
Cork City: McNulty, Delaney, Bolger (Griffin 71), Keohane, McCormack, Dooley, O'Connor, Morrissey, Sheppard, Maguire, Buckley.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.