Night to forget for boss Shiels as Candystripes knocked for six
Shamrock Rovers 6-1 Derry City
Derry City were completely dismantled by Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght last night.
Kenny Shiels' men put in an encouraging first-half display but they were diabolical after the break, conceding five goals as they fell apart completely.
Derry started the game confidently and almost took a spectacular lead when Nicky Low tried his luck from his own half, with the ball clearing the crossbar.
Rovers should have had the lead on 27 minutes when Sean Kavanagh sent Brandon Miele through on goal, but with just Ger Doherty to beat, the midfielder sent his effort badly wide.
But a goal finally arrived on 41 minutes and it came as a result of ingenious play from Rovers ace Ronan Finn.
The ball broke to the captain 25 yards from goal and with several Candystripes shirts racing out to close down, Finn dinked a brilliant ball into the penalty area, where Graham Burke controlled and curled past Doherty.
It was 2-0 within five minutes of the restart as Kavanagh turned Niall Logue too easily before slotting past Doherty.
The game was over as a contest on 68 minutes when a shot from Finn somehow squirmed beneath Doherty.
It got worse for the Derry captain as his poor pass only found Miele, who teed up Burke for his second goal of the evening.
Rovers made it 5-0 on 75 minutes when Miele set up a delighted Burke for his hat-trick.
Ronan Hale's first Derry goal was scant consolation as the night belonged to Rovers, and Burke scored his fourth of the evening in the dying minutes to pile on the misery.
Shamrock Rovers: Horgan, Boyle (Lopes 69), Grace, Gilchrist, Bone, Clarke, Carr (Shaw 72), Miele, Kavanagh, Burke, Finn (McAllistair 74).
Derry City: Doherty, Logue (Ronan Hale 59), Toal, Cole, Doherty, McDonagh (McDermott 29), McEneff, Low, Rory Hale (Kayode 83), Curtis, Patterson.