REPORT | Derry City 0-2 Sligo Rovers

15th November 2023

Sligo Rovers sealed their first victory of the season thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over Derry City.  Liam Buckley's side scored goals either side of the break to claim a comfortable victory in the first weekend back after the restart.  It was a

Derry City suffered their fourth league defeat in five games against Sligo Rovers at the new Brandywell stadium, finishing 2-0.

Goals from David Cawley and Lewis Morrison gave Sligo three hard-earned points under the lights on the Lone Moor Road. In a rare positive moment for City, they almost managed to snatch the lead through Conor McDermott.

The full-back proved too powerful for Patrick McClean before striking from long range, which went across the box and whispered just past the post. After 11 minutes, as City tried to implement the offside trap, Rhys McCabe was a step ahead as he slipped through David Cawley.

The Sligo striker stayed composed, side-stepping Gerard Doherty before bundling it over the line past the long-time Derry goalkeeper to give the Bit o’Red the lead. Ten minutes later, Lewis Morrison should have inflicted more misery on Derry as he burst into the penalty area, blazing his shot over the crossbar.

Folding under the relentless pressure of Sligo’s press, Derry were dealt a game-ending sucker punch straight after the interval. Coalan McAleer’s superbly found Morrison lurking inside the penalty area with a low cross.

The midfielder’s shot sailed towards the back of Doherty’s net to give Sligo a 2-0 lead after 47 minutes. Derry came to life just after the hour mark, but Ronan Curtis looked isolated for the majority of the fixture, and with Rory Patterson not included the matchday squad, options from the bench, in an attacking sense, was evidently bare.

The games come thick and fast for City as they now head to the home of the champions on Monday to face Cork City having conceding 15 goals in their last five fixtures.