David McDaid was Derry City’s match winner as they picked up their first victory in the Airtricty League First Division last night.
He fired what turned out to be the winner early in the first-half, but Stephen Kenny knows next week’s game at fellow title contenders Waterford United is going to be another tough encounter.
The Brandywell men started brightly and took the lead on 14 minutes when McDaid sent a low drive from a tight angle past Limerick goalkeeper Dave Ryan.
Jeffrey Judge had a super chance to level things soon after, but his close range header was straight at Gerard Doherty.
Derry missed a golden opportunity to increase their lead on 39 minutes when after a goal month scramble Mark Farren somehow shot straight at Ryan when it looked easier to score.
The home side were reduced to ten men on 42 minutes when Thomas Lyons was dismissed following a dreadful tackle on City skipper Mark McChrystal.
Limerick hit the woodwork on 70 minutes when Daryl Kavanagh’s high ball into the box found Declan Cahill, but the big defender’s effort at goal hit the bar.
City had a man sent-off themselves six minutes from time when Mark Scoltock was shown a second yellow card for handball.
Limerick: Ryan, White, Deedy, Cahill, Boyle, Tracey, Lyons, Kavanagh, Judge, Tierney, Clarke. Subs: Kelly for Tracey (61); Hickey for Cahill (75).
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Scoltock, McChrystal, Friars; Sweeney, Harkin, Molloy, McClean; McDaid, Farren. Subs: McEleney for Friars (H-T); Clarke for Sweeney (71); Sharkey for Farren (83).
Referee: Keith Callanan (Cork).