Dazzling Derry leave Hoops shellshocked
Derry City 3 Shamrock Rovers 0
Derry City moved into top spot in the Premier Division, following an emphatic victory over a shellshocked Shamrock Rovers.
The Brandywell men have now secured five wins from their opening seven games, with Rory Patterson proving how good a goalscorer he is, having already scored five times since his return to the club.
Patterson's second-half penalty was his 66th goal for City in 100 appearances.
Derry raced into a second-minute lead.
Barry McNamee had a 20-yard strike cleared off the line by Gavin Brennan, after Keith Ward's corner routine had picked out the midfielder; then they did go in front seconds later as Rovers never cleared their lines properly.
That man McNamee picked up the ball on the edge of the box before playing a one-two with Patterson, and although the Ramelton man was unable to get a shot away the ball fell perfectly to Ronan Curtis, who managed to turn the ball home from close range.
Rovers continued to struggle with Derry's high-tempo start and they fell further behind on 22 minutes when Harry Monaghan made no mistake from close range, heading home Dean Jarvis' delightful left-wing centre.
Patterson was inches away from adding a third before the half-hour mark when his delicious chip from 25 yards was turned around the post by a fully stretched Barry Murphy.
Soon after Patterson had a goal chalked off for offside.
Pat Fenlon made a change at the break with David Webster replacing David O'Connor and they went close to pulling one back but Gary McCabe's shot strike flew just wide.
Derry all but ended the game as a contest on 58 minutes when Patterson was fouled by Webster and got up to slot home the spot-kick.
DERRY CITY - Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, Barry (McClean 90), Jarvis; McEneff, Monaghan; Curtis, McNamee (McDermott 88), Ward (Boyle 81); Patterson.
SHAMROCK RVS - Murphy, Madden, Blanchard, O'Connor (Webster H-T), G Brennan; McCabe, Gregg (Clarke 75); K Brennan, Miele, Drennan; North (McCafferty 65).
Ref - David McKeon (Dublin)