Finn eases pressure on Kenny
STEPHEN KENNY got a much-needed boost as Ronan Finn struck to give Shamrock Rovers victory at the Brandywell.
Derry went close on five minutes following a free-flowing move which ended with Barry Molloy's left-footed effort from the edge of the box flying well over Oskar Jansson's bar.
Rovers created their first chance after 25 minutes when Gary McCabe's curling free-kick from 25 yards flashed just wide.
The Tallaght men took the lead on 53 minutes in outstanding fashion when McCabe's clever pass from the left found Finn and the midfielder unleashed an unstoppable drive from 20 yards high off the underside of Gerard Doherty's bar and into the net.
In the closing stages, the Brandywell men thought they had a penalty when substitute Mark Farren was brought down inside the area by Colin Hawkins, but referee Derek Tomney awarded a goal-kick as Rovers held on to take some of the pressure off Kenny.
Derry City -- Doherty; Madden, McBride, S McEleney, McCaffrey; P McEleney (McNamee 33, McCallion 90), Molloy, Higgins (Farren 73), Morrison, McLaughlin, McDaid.
Shamrock Rovers -- Jannson; Sullivan, Hawkins, Sives, Powell; McCabe (McCormick 75), Rice, Turner, Finn; Twigg (Kilduff 78), Kavanagh (Brennan 59).
Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin).