Depleted Candystripes unable to last pace with classy Dundalk
Derry City 0-4 Dundalk
Dundalk produced another superb display to beat Derry City 4-0 at the Brandywell last night.
A vastly understrength Derry were always up against it and, despite holding their own for an hour, the quality of Stephen Kenny's side eventually told.
The Candystripes were giving as good as they got early on, and a superb passing move almost resulted in a goal for Aaron McEneff on 24 minutes.
Rory Hale's pass found Rory Patterson, who flicked the ball into the path of McEneff. His low shot from 25 yards had to be pushed wide by Gary Rogers.
It looked as if the teams would go in level at the break but Dundalk took the lead four minutes before half-time.
Conor McDermott produced an heroic block to deny Michael Duffy, but the ball came to Robbie Benson, whose shot proved too hot to handle for Gerard Doherty, who fumbled into the net.
Dundalk got their second just past the hour mark. Duffy got one-on-one with Jamie McDonagh and raced past before chipping in a cross which Patrick Hoban met with a powerful header that crashed back off the crossbar. Dylan Connolly was the first to react to the rebound and he prodded into the net.
The points were secured on 74 minutes when Jamie McGrath's shot from distance took a wicked deflection straight into the path of Hoban in the area, and he swept the ball past Doherty.
Dundalk were still not content, however, and substitute Kristian Adorjan had an immediate impact as he picked out Duffy in the area and, despite the angle being against the former Derry man, he somehow curled the ball past old team-mate Doherty and into the net.
DERRY CITY: Doherty, Doyle, Toal, McDermott, McDonagh, Doherty, Rory Hale, McEneff, Cole, Ronan Hale, Patterson (Farren 69).
DUNDALK: Rogers, Gartland, Hoare, Shields (Gannon 75), Duffy, Hoban, McGrath (Murray 83), Massey, Connolly (Adorjan 80), Benson, Cleary.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.