Belfast Telegraph

Curtis strike is in vain as Derry City fail to get up and running

Sligo Rovers 2 Derry City 1

Consolation: Ronan Curtis struck late on for Derry
Consolation: Ronan Curtis struck late on for Derry

By Eoin Wilson

A late Ronan Curtis goal was nothing more than a consolation for Derry City as they slumped to their second defeat of the season last night.

Kenny Shiels' men will travel to Bohemians on Tuesday desperate for a result to get their season up and running after another disappointing away performance.

Sligo started the game well and had a chance within the opening few minutes when a simple long ball caught the Derry defence napping and Adam Morgan was in on goal.

The striker's first touch was poor and allowed Gerard Doherty to come out and block before Caolan McAleer flashed the rebound wide.

Derry were all over the place in the opening stages and they should have fallen a goal behind just 60 seconds later when Ally Rory crossed from the left and McAleer was all alone in the six-yard box, but he inexplicably ducked out of the way when any connection would have sent the ball past Doherty.

The Candystripes recovered from that poor start and started to string passes together, building confidence as they did so.

The opening goal was very nearly theirs on 18 minutes when Curtis and Ben Doherty linked well on the left and the latter did brilliantly to pull the ball back for Ronan Hale, who was denied by an instinctive near-post save from Sligo debutant Mitchell Beeney, on loan from Chelsea.

Hale came closer on the half-hour following a brilliant Derry move, with the youngster attempting to find the bottom corner with a low curling effort, but again Beeney was equal, diving to his left to tip the ball behind for a corner.

But that was as good as it got for Derry as, for the second week running, they failed to perform in the second half.

The game was drifting by with neither team looking capable of mustering a real chance, but that all changed on 76 minutes when a goalmouth scramble from a Sligo corner kick ended in Morgan forcing the ball home at the back post.

From there, Sligo had something to hold onto and they caught Derry cold on 83 minutes when a simple long ball over the top caught both Armin Aganovic and Darren Cole out and Ally Roy went through and drilled the ball low past Doherty to seal the points for the home side.

Curtis did grab a late goal to give Derry a small bit of hope but Sligo held on to inflict a second successive defeat on the visitors.

Sligo Rovers: Beeney, Boylan, Pinceli, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, McCabe, Morgan (Moorhouse 84), Roy, McClean, McAleer (Roddan 88), Cawley.

Derry City: Doherty, McDermott (McDonagh 60), Aganovic, McEneff, Curtis, Hale (Toal 78), Patterson, Cole, Doherty, Hale, Low.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

Match rating: 7/10

Man of the Match: David Cawley (Sligo Rovers).

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