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No happy return for Candystripes after home loss to Rovers

Derry City 0 Sligo Rovers 2


Rovers return: Sligo’s Kyle McFadden celebrates scoring their first goal

Rovers return: Sligo’s Kyle McFadden celebrates scoring their first goal

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Declan Devine

Declan Devine

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Rovers return: Sligo’s Kyle McFadden celebrates scoring their first goal

Derry City fell to a lacklustre defeat on their Brandywell return as they were comfortably beaten by Sligo Rovers.

Declan Devine's men laboured throughout and were unable to create a single chance of note as Sligo, on the back of seven successive defeats, picked up their first win of the season.

In front of an empty Brandywell, both teams took time to settle, with the first shot from either side coming 17 minutes in.

Conor McCormack misread a pass from Kyle McFadden and the ball sailed over the right-back's head. That gave Ryan de Vries the opportunity to run forward, but his adventure wasn't matched by his finish as his shot trickled harmlessly into Peter Cherrie's hands.

That, nonetheless, kicked Sligo into gear and they had Derry on the back foot again moments later when they won the first corner of the game. It was the first serious test for the Candystripes defence, and it was one they failed as De Vries' delivery was powerfully headed in by McFadden to give Sligo the lead.

Another Sligo corner led to another chance as Derry continued to labour. A creative pull-back by Regan Donelon into the path of Liam Buckley gave the centre-half space to try an ambitious effort from distance, but he was well off target.

Walter Figueira was working hard on his own up top for Derry and he produced a little bit of trickery to get inside McFadden before his deflected shot won the hosts their third corner of the game five minutes from the break.

From Gerardo Bruna's delivery, Eoin Toal headed down at the back post but Ally Gilchrist could only hook the ball over the bar from close range.

The second half started disastrously for the Candystripes as they gifted Sligo a penalty within five minutes after Toal barged Ronan Coughlan to the ground in full view of referee Paul McLaughlin.

There was little complaint, and Coughlan picked himself up to fire the spot-kick beyond Cherrie in the Derry goal and put the visitors in sight of their first win of the season.

But it remained all too comfortable for Sligo, with goalkeeper Ed McGinty still waiting to make a notable save as the game entered its final quarter.

The Sligo goalie did get himself caught in no man's land with 20 minutes remaining, however, and Bruna almost took full advantage.

A ball forward from Ciaran Coll tempted the goalkeeper out of his area, and Bruna tried an ambitious chip - but his effort was off target.

Derry finally got a glimpse of a chance on 77 minutes and it was young striker Patrick Ferry who caused problems for McGinty.

He attempted to hook in a cross from Jack Malone at the near post, but the Sligo goalkeeper managed to scramble and keep it out under pressure from Figueira.

Figueira came close himself in the closing stages but his effort flashed past McGinty's goal on a forgettable evening for the Candystripes.

DERRY CITY: Cherrie, Coll, Toal, Gilchrist (McChrystal 45), McCormack, Thompson, Bruna, Clifford (Ferry 58), Harkin (Malone 58), Figueira, Mallon.

SLIGO ROVERS: McGinty, Donelon, Callan-McFadden, Buckley (John Russell 73), Noone, Cawley, Morahan, Seymore, Devers (Collins 80), De Vries, Coughlan.

Referee: P McLaughlin

Man of the match: Kyle McFadden

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Paul Tierney

Belfast Telegraph