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UCD 0-2 Derry City
Derry City headed back into third place in the Premier Division as they cruised to a comfortable win against UCD at the Belfield Bowl.
The Candystripes have now won four games in a row in all competitions and they never looked like dropping points, especially after former UCD midfielder Greg Sloggett gave the visitors the lead.
Defender Darren Cole added a goal in the second half and from there it was just a matter of seeing the game out.
City's breakthrough came when Barry McNamee's delivery into the heart of the UCD area found Sloggett, who bundled the ball over the line from close range, scoring his first goal for the Candystripes against his former team.
The goal kicked UCD into life at last and they had huge appeals for a spot kick when the ball bounced up in the City area and clearly struck the hand of David Parkhouse but referee Graham Kelly said no penalty.
City could have ended the first half two goals clear when a swift counter attack saw Eoghan Stokes break down the right.
Stokes' cross eventually found McNamee but the captain's effort was deflected just wide for a corner.
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The second half was scrappy in the extreme but Derry finally got their decisive goal on 71 minutes when another corner proved UCD's undoing, McNamee's centre finding Sloggett who set up Cole, the defender showing great footwork before lashing the ball home to seal the win and the points for Derry City.
It was as comfortable as manager Declan Devine could have hoped for in what was his 100th game in charge of Derry City.
Bigger tests await, particularly on Monday as the Candystripes return to Dublin to face St Patrick's Athletic - who drew 1-1 at Cork City last night - before hosting runaway league leaders Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell next week.
UCD: Kearns, Tobin, Dignam, Scales, Collins, O'Farrell (Doyle 77), Farrugia, O'Neill, Mahdy (McDonald 87), Molloy, McClelland (Coffey 77).
Derry City: Cherrie, Coll, Toal, Gilchrist, Cole, Sloggett, Harkin (Tweed 90), McNamee, Stokes (Bruna 72), Ogide-Uzokwe, Parkhouse (McClean 87).
Referee: Graham Kelly.