Rampant Derry City end their slump with real style
Derry City cruised to only their third away win of the season in Limerick last night. Goals from Patrick McEleney, Michael Duffy, Philip Lowry and Ryan Curran sealed a very comfortable win for the Candystripes, who went into the game at Thomond Park on the back of three consecutive league defeats.
But there was no chance of City coming up short on this occasion as they dominated for large parts of the game.
Derry opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Stephen Dooley found McEleney in a yard of space in the penalty area and he swept the ball past the despairing dive of Barry Ryan for his eighth goal of the season.
That lead was doubled just past the half hour mark when Stephen Folan lost out to Duffy, who set up McEleney.
The midfielder should have doubled his tally but Ryan denied him with a brilliant save, but still Limerick could not clear and when it was returned back into the area, Duffy was able to steer the ball home.
The game was up for Limerick on 63 minutes courtesy of another sensational team goal. Duffy and McEleney exchanged passes as they approached the Limerick area.
The ball came to Barry McNamee who found Lowry 16 yards from goal, and the former Linfield man scored a brilliant volley.
Not content with three, Derry continued to attack, and Ryan McBride would have been celebrating a goal as he rose highest to power Dan Jarvis' corner goalwards, but he was denied by Ryan as he tipped over.
It was all too easy for Derry and Curran added his name to the scoresheet with a goal two minutes from time.
LIMERICK: Ryan, Nzuzi, Oji (O'Connor, 28), Folan, Williams, Hughes, Duggan, Djilali (Doherty, 70), Turner, Lynch, Gaffney.
DERRY: Doherty, Kelly, Jarvis, Molloy, McBride, McNamee (Curran, 82), Patrick McEleney, Duffy (Tracey, 86), Lowry, Dooley (Timlin, 70), Barry.
Referee: Rob Harvey.