Derry City come unstuck as leaders Cork show class
Cork City 3 Dery City 0
An understrength Derry City fell to an emphatic defeat at the hands of league leaders Cork City at Turner's Cross last night.
It is now two defeats in succession for Kenny Shiels' team, who were exposed defensively by a rampant Cork side racking up their eighth successive win this season. The Candystripes are in third, nine points off the pace but with two games in hand.
The deadlock was broken 10 minutes before half time when Stephen Dooley breezed past Lukas Schubert into the penalty area and he pulled the ball across the face of goal where Garry Buckley arrived and nonchalantly flicked it past Gerard Doherty and into the net to give Cork a 1-0 lead.
Cork were out of the blocks strongly in the second half and doubled their lead 10 minutes in when Karl Sheppard went through on goal and slid the ball between the legs of Doherty to make it 2-0.
There was an element of controversy about the goal however as Nathan Boyle was bundled over in the build-up, but referee Robert Harvey waved play on.
Any hope of a comeback ended on 64 minutes as Derry shot themselves in the foot.
City had several opportunities to clear on the edge of their own area but they could not get their foot on the ball and it fell eventually for Sean Maguire who lashed it past Doherty and into the net for 3-0.
Cork City: McNulty, Keohane, Bennett, Delaney, O'Connor, Sheppard (Beattie 76), McCormack, Buckley, Morrissey (Ellis 81), Dooley (Griffin 84), Maguire.
Derry City: Doherty, Barry, Jarvis, Schubert (Timlin 60), McDermott, Monaghan, Low, McEneff, Curtis, Kennedy, Boyle (Daniels 60).
Referee: Robert Harvey.