Parkhouse takes plaudits as his double inspires the Candystripes
Derry City 2-0 Waterford
David Parkhouse was the Derry City hero as his two goals saw off the challenge of Waterford at the Brandywell.
The striker took his season tally to 11 in all competitions with his first-half double, the second of which was arguably the best seen at the Brandywell this campaign.
Candystripes fans were celebrating within 14 minutes as the hosts took the lead with a well-worked goal.
Gerardo Bruna started the move, spreading a 30-yard pass across the pitch to find Ciaran Coll in space on the left. The full-back then delivered a cross which tempted Matthew Connor from his goal, but the goalkeeper missed the ball completely. That allowed Parkhouse to simply header into the net.
Derry would have been content to go into the break a goal up but they went in with a 2-0 advantage thanks to a sensational strike from Parkhouse.
Michael McCrudden found him with a clever chip into midfield but Parkhouse did the rest. He took the ball onto his right foot and sent a bullet over Connor and into the top corner from 30 yards.
Grant Gillespie made his City debut in place of Michael McCrudden and he almost lit up the Brandywell with a superb individual goal, beating three Waterford players on his way into the penalty area, but his finish failed to match the approach play and his shot trickled wide.