Swaggering Derry City get back on track against beleaguered Rovers
Derry City 4-0 Sligo Rovers
Derry City equalled their biggest win of the season as they dominated Sligo Rovers at Maginn Park.
The Candystripes ended a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions to get back to winning ways against a very poor opponent, who were grateful to goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann for a superb display.
The first goal came on 33 minutes when Rory Patterson slipped Aaron McEneff through but his effort was stopped by Schlingermann, who could only look on as the ball dropped perfectly for Lukas Schubert to head in.
Ronan Curtis made it 2-0 just past the hour mark as Kenny Shiels' men took control.
The Sligo defence were a shambles as they stood off Patterson, who twice tried to find Nathan Boyle. When Nicky Low eventually took over, he picked out a superb back-post delivery to Curtis, who controlled the ball on his chest before shooting. Schlingermann made the block but Curtis had enough composure to sidestep the goalkeeper and finish at the second attempt.
Further diabolical defending from the lacklustre visitors saw Ben Doherty bundled over in the area by Kyle McFadden, leaving referee Paul Tuite with no choice but to award a spot-kick, which 22nd birthday boy McEneff stepped up to convert.
There was still time for another from Derry and, with five minutes left on the clock, substitute Rory Holden scored the goal of the game with his first senior strike for the club.
The youngster latched onto a flick on from Patterson and raced at the tired Sligo defence, skipping past three players, before confidently shooting past Schlingermann and into the corner.