Derry City climbed to within two points of Bohemians in third spot with a 3-0 victory over Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on Friday night. Goals from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Jamie McDonagh and Jack Malone gave City an emphatic vic
Derry City climbed to within two points of Bohemians in third spot with a 3-0 victory over Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on Friday night.
Goals from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Jamie McDonagh and Jack Malone gave City an emphatic victory on Foyleside. There was a minute’s applause for Derry City legend Matt Doherty before the game after his sad passing during the week.
The Candystripes started at a ferocious pace and rarely relented during the first 15 minutes, carving Rovers up at their own peril. The deadlock was eventually broken after 21 minutes when Junior, who initially created a superb bit of link-up play with David Parkhouse, skipped past three Sligo players before slotting it in off the far post.
After the interval, scampering on counter-attack, Derry were granted breathing room as Jamie McDonagh, a bright-light for City this season, scored Derry's second goal with a thundering effort of a loose ball inside the penalty area.
From there, Devine's energetic outfit maintained control for large spells in the final half an hour, taking it down a gear at their own leisure against a fairly ineffective Sligo Rovers side.
However, enthusiasm wasn’t lost in the final goal, the goal of the night, which belonged to youth academy player Jack Malone. The young striker, who dashed towards the management staff following the sublime strike, made space for himself before letting one go from 25-yards in what was a cracking effort from the youngster.
Rovers night was summed up after 82 minutes when Ronan Coughlan missed an empty net from five yards. It was a well-deserved victory for City that keeps the pressure firmly on Bohs entering the final draft of fixtures.