Candystripes make it perfect 10 despite Bohs late show
Bohemians 1 Derry City 2
Derry City made it 10 consecutive wins over Bohemians with a relatively straightforward triumph at Dalymount Park last night.
The importance of this victory cannot be underestimated however with Kenny Shiels and his players desperate for a win to end a run of four defeats in five games.
First half goals from Rory Hale and Rory Patterson were enough for the Candystripes, who were left hanging on in the end after JJ Luney pulled a goal back late on.
It was a slow start to the game at Dalymount with neither team really settling, but the away side almost edged in front gain on 19 minutes when Jack Doyle's cross saw Ronan Hale get in front of the Bohs defence, but his glancing header lacked power and accuracy and the chance was wasted without testing Shane Supple.
The goal that Derry were threatening arrived on 22 minutes and it came after a superb build up with Jamie McDonagh finding McEneff, who did brilliantly to turn and send a brilliant pass through the Bohs defence for Rory Hale, who produced a class finish past Supple to give Derry the lead.
Bohs were still recovering from that when they conceded a second just two minutes later. The hosts failed to clear a corner efficiently and when Rory Hale's shot pin-balled through the area, Rory Patterson guided the ball past Supple from close range to make it 2-0.
Bohemians should have pulled a goal back when Keith Ward's free kick into the Derry area found Ian Morris completely free, but he missed the target completely.
Still, Derry looked dangerous on the counter attack and they might have had a third when they broke quickly but McEneff curled the ball just over the bar.
The game was almost 80 minutes old before Gerard Doherty was finally called into a save and it was an important one at that as substitute Grant's header deflected goalwards and was sneaking in until Doherty's intervention. That scare sparked Derry into action at the other end and a quick break from Jamie McDonagh ended in a chance for Ronan Hale as McEneff again provided the final pass and Hale's vicious effort was brilliantly stopped by Supple, who kept his team in the game.
Bohs grabbed a late lifeline when substitute Luney pulled a goal back with just four minutes to go, but in the end it was not enough to deny Derry only their second league win in nine games.
Bohemians: Supple, Pender, Cornwall, Corcoran (Grant 74'), Ward (Luney 67'), Kavanagh (Devaney 45'), Brennan, Morris, Kirk, Watts, Stokes.
Derry City: Doherty, McDermott, McDonagh, Toal, Doyle, Cole, Curtis, Rory Hale (Nicky Low 71'), Ronan Hale, McEneff, Patterson (Farren 90').
Referee: Graham Kelly.