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It's a high five for Candystripes as Doyle lands decisive blow

Derry City 1 Waterford 0

Final say: Jack Doyle fired home a second-half header
Final say: Jack Doyle fired home a second-half header

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City produced a superb display to defeat high-flying Waterford 1-0 on a night of tension and drama at the Brandywell.

Jack Doyle's second-half header proved the difference in a game of fine margins, with Derry fully deserving of their fifth consecutive league win.

Waterford settled very comfortably on the new Brandywell surface and Derry just about survived on 24 minutes when a swift counter attack saw Sander Puri outpace Nicky Low and his early ball put Ismahil Akinade one-on-one against Gerard Doherty.

Although Doherty got something on his shot, it was still heading in, only for Gavin Peers to get back and hack clear.

The Candystripes began the second half impressively with Conor McDermott linking well with Ronan Hale on the right and his cross was met by Rory Patterson, who directed a looping header onto the roof of the net.

Derry were in again just seconds later as a gorgeous flick from Patterson sent Ronan Curtis through on goal, but under pressure he could not get the ball completely under his control.

But Derry were playing their best football of the game and they were rewarded on 53 minutes with the opening goal as Ronan Hale's cross to the back post eluded everyone except full-back Doyle, whose downward header had enough on it to beat Lawrence Vigouroux at his near post.

It really should have been 2-0 on 74 minutes as Derry broke through again. Curtis' cross-field pass picked out Ronan Hale, and the youngster skipped past Derek Daly before setting up Aaron McEneff, who somehow couldn't turn the ball home from two yards, with Vigorous just about doing enough.

Derry City: Doherty, McDermott (Cole 57), Toal, Peers, Doyle, Ronan Hale, McEneff, Low, Curtis, Rory Hale, Patterson.

Waterford: Vigouroux, Comerford (Martin 70), Keegan, Puri (Walsh 76), Holohan, Kasmi, Feely, Kavanagh, Webster, Barnett (Daly 70), Skinade.

Match rating: 8/10

Man of the match: Nicky Low

Referee: Neil Doyle.

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