Wednesday 7 December 2016

Derry go top with rout of Rovers

Derry City 3 0 Shamrock Rovers

Published 08/04/2016 | 21:55

8 April 2016; Derry City's Ronan Curtis, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal in the first minute. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers. Brandywell Stadium, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
8 April 2016; Derry City's Ronan Curtis, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal in the first minute. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Shamrock Rovers. Brandywell Stadium, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

DERRY CITY moved into top spot in the Premier Division, following an empathic victory over a shell shocked Shamrock Rovers.

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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. In fact Patterson's second half penalty was his 66th goal for City in 100 appearances.

Derry raced into second minute late after they came out of the traps superbly. All in the first couple of minutes 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 the did take the lead 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 Rory Patterson and although the Ramelton man was unable to get a shot away the ball fell perfectly to Curtis who managed to turn the ball home from close range.

Rovers continued to struggle with Derry's high tempo start and they fell a further goal 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 did have the ball in the net, but the referee's assistant ended his celebrations as the flag was up and the goal was 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 early in the second half but Gary McCabe's left footed strike flew just wide.

 Derry all but ended the game as a contest on 58 minutes when they added a third from the penalty spot thanks to Patterson's fifth goal of the season, after Webster had fouled the ex-Northern Ireland international inside the box.

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)

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