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Woeful Derry make it easy for Bohs

Bohemians 4-2 Derry City

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City paid the price for a disastrous spell at Dalymount Park last night, in which they conceded four goals in ten first-half minutes.

Peter Hutton's team went to Bohemians desperate for a win to take them away from relegation trouble, but despite starting well they lost their way in spectacular fashion.

Bohs won a corner on nine minutes and when the ball was nodded down into the area Derek Prendergast reacted quickest to smash the ball past Gerard Doherty from close range.

Derry barely had time to digest that setback before they conceded again. And it was all too easy for Bohs as Patrick Kavanagh sent a simple through ball in between the Derry centre halves and Keith Buckley ran through to slide the ball past Doherty.

The incredible lack of desire and determination in Derry's defending continued as Bohs made it 3-0 on 16 minutes.

Ismahil Akinade shrugged off Aaron Barry's challenge and hooked the ball past Doherty who must have wondered what was going on in front of him.

The pathetic defending continued as Bohs scored from another corner on 20 minutes.

The ball was headed clear to the edge of the Derry area where it was returned into a packed penalty box and Robbie Creevy reacted quickest to direct the ball into the bottom corner to make it 4-0 with less than a quarter of the game gone.

It meant four goals in 10 minutes for Bohs and the game was over before some Derry players had even broken a sweat.

Cillian Morrison then hit both the post and the crossbar for Derry, while Barry McNamee somehow blazed wide with just the goalkeeper to beat as Derry attempted to respond.

Derry City were the better team in the second half as Bohs stepped off the gas and although two goals from Mark Timlin gave the visitors hope, the damage had been done.

Bohemians: Delaney, Lopes, Prendergast, Moore (Evans, 69), Buckley, Kavanagh, Dillon (Wearen, 58), Creevy, Best, Akinade (Byrne, 45), Mulcahy.

Derry City: Doherty, Cornwall, McBride, Barry, Jarvis, S McEleney, Timlin, Dooley (Curtis, 79), McNamee, P McEleney, Morrison (Quigley, 79).

Referee: Ray Matthews.

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