Euro hangover as Derry are routed by champions
Cork City 5 Derry City 0
Derry City were swept aside by champions Cork City at Turner's Cross last night.
Just two days after arriving home from Belarus following Europa League duty, the Candystripes almost conceded in the first minute when Karl Sheppard met Jimmy Keohane's low free-kick, but his effort crept wide.
It was Cork asking all the questions, but Derry almost scored a goal against the run of play when Jamie McDonagh sent a cross into the path of Ronan Hale, but with Peter Cherrie to beat, the youngster put it over.
Cork took the lead just 90 seconds later. Barry McNamee's pass was inadvertently dummied by Gary Buckley and it fell to Sheppard. His pass found Buckley, who finished well.
Cork made it 2-0 on 34 minutes when Keohane was given too much time to shoot and his effort deceived Gerard Doherty.
Derry almost hit back when Gavin Peers met a corner but his effort was parried by Cherrie, who somehow then reacted to deny Dan Seaborne. The ball then came to Hale, who tried an overhead effort which flew wide.
Cork made sure of the points in the opening stages of the second half when Graham Cummins was allowed to pick up the ball and cross for Buckley, who fired in his second goal of the game.
Cork made it 4-0 when McNamee's corner was kept alive by Sheppard and the ball fell perfectly for Damien Delaney, who headed home from close range.
And it was five when Doherty spilled a shot into the path of sub Ronan Coughlan, who dinked in.
Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Jimmy Keohane, Conor McCormack, Graham Cummins (Ronan Coughlan 69), Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Karl Sheppard (Kieran Sadlier 75), Shane Griffin, Barry McNamee, Gary Buckley, Sean McLoughlin (Aaron Barry 69).
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Darren Cole, Dan Seaborne, Gavin Peers (Eoin Toal 55), Jamie McDonagh (Conor McDermott 55), Ben Fisk (Adrian Delap 72), Aaron Splaine, Aaron McEneff, Ronan Hale, Dean Shiels, Ally Roy.
Referee: Rob Hennessey.