Four-star Derry crush Galway in a ruthless display
Derry City produced a ruthless display of finishing as they cruised to their biggest win of the season at Galway United.
It is now two wins in two games for rejuvenated Derry, who put Galway to the sword in a brilliant attacking display, scoring all four goals in a one-sided second half.
The first half was memorable only for an injury picked up by Patrick McEleney, with City's talisman having to leave the game injured to be replaced by recent signing, Ciaran O'Connor, on loan from Dundalk.
And it was the young striker who made all the difference, opening the scoring in the game on 56 minutes.
Philip Lowry won the ball in midfield and immediately found Timlin, who played a superb pass through the heart of the Galway defence to send Ciaran O'Connor through on goal.
The striker was one on one with Henley and showed great composure as he hooked the ball past the Galway goalkeeper and into the top corner.
The lead was then doubled on 65 minutes when Rafferty gave the ball away on the edge of his own penalty area and in his desperation to get it back, he hacked down Dean Jarvis, who had broken into the Galway area.
Referee Anthony Buttimer immediately pointed to the penalty spot and Mark Timlin sent Hanley the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Galway heads went down at that stage and Derry were ruthless as they made it 3-0, but again as a result of shocking defending from Galway, who gave the ball away, with O'Connor picking it up and playing in Timlin, who coolly slotted home his second.
The hosts were denied a consolation goal when Jake Keegan took advantage of a poor back pass from Ryan McBride, but his chip over Doherty came back off the upright and back into Doherty's arms.
The final say went to Derry as they hit a clinical fourth, Stephen Dooley racing in on goal before curling it brilliantly into the top corner.
Galway: Hanley, Rafferty, Cantwell, Oji, Horgan, Shanahan, O'Leary (Sinnott 81), Byrne (McConnell 90), Molloy, Keegan, Walsh.
Derry City: Doherty, McBride, Barry, Cornwall, McNamee, Lowry, McCormack, Jarvis (Quigley 83), Dooley, McEleney (O'Connor 21) (Ryan Curran 71), Timlin.
Referee: Anthony Buttimer.
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