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Derry surrender lead as Rovers enjoy return to the Brandywell

Derry City 1 Sligo Rovers 2

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City slumped to another league defeat as Sligo Rovers came out on top at the Brandywell for the second time this season.

Despite leading through Jamie McDonagh's first goal for the club, Derry were lacklustre throughout and Sligo deservedly picked up the win thanks to goals from Mickey Drennan and Caolan McAleer.

Sligo were the better team in the first half last night and only the width of the post denied Rhys McCabe the opener.

But it was the hosts who took the lead on 35 minutes when Dean Shiels picked out McDonagh in the box. The ball sat up nicely for the former Sligo man, who volleyed it past the diving Mitchell Beeney.

Sligo got their equaliser on 70 minutes when David Cawley exchanged passes with Lee Lynch before prodding the ball past Gerard Doherty into the corner of the net from eight yards out.

The game was building up to an exciting finish and Derry thought they had the lead once again when Ronan Hale's corner was met with a powerful header by Gavin Peers, but Beeney plucked the ball out of the air.

That proved to be a key moment as Sligo broke down the other end immediately, and with Derry struggling to get numbers back, Chris Twardek crossed into the area where two team mates were waiting.

McCabe missed the ball but it fell to McAleer at the back post, and he hammered the ball into the roof of the net past Doherty.

Derry had one final chance to equalise in added time but Hale's shot flew agonisingly wide.

Derry City: Doherty, Seaborne, McEneff, Splaine, McDonagh, Rory Hale, Roy, Fisk (Ronan Hale, 73mins), Peers, Shiels, McHattie.

Sligo Rovers: Beeney, Donelan, McFadden, McCabe, Drennan (Raffaele Cretaro, 66mins), Lynch, McClean, Keaney (Twardek, 61mins), Mahon, Cawley, Morrison (Caolan McAleer, 76mins).

Referee: Tomas Connolly

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