Candystripes go third as comeback win over UCD at Belfield leaves Students marooned on bottom
UCD 1 Derry City 3
Conor Davis was sprung from the bench to help sink his former club with his first goal for Derry City to edge them above Bohemians into third place in the Premier Division table.
A 20th defeat of the season means UCD are now six points adrift at the bottom.
Despite dominating from the start, Derry had to come from behind to troop off level at the interval.
Jamie McDonagh, David Parkhouse, with two bad misses, and Eoin Toal had chances early on for the visitors.
Despite that, UCD snatched the lead on 28 minutes.
Liam Kerrigan and Mark Dignam worked the ball down the left for the latter to cross for recent Sam Byrne to score his first goal for the club.
Service resumed at the other end with Greg Sloggett having a header cleared off the line by Dignam before Derry finally levelled on 41 minutes.
Gerardo Bruna’s ball over the top found the run of McDonagh who flicked it over the advancing Sheridan to give himself a simple tap-in.
But Derry needed a vital intervention from Ally Gilchrist to prevent UCD regaining the lead six minutes into the second half.
Kerrigan and Byrne linked superbly to carve Derry open and set up Yoyo Mandy. But Gilchrist got across to make a superb block.
Derry continued to enjoy plenty of the ball, though, and struck for their deserved lead on 72 minutes.
On the pitch just a minute, Davis worked a one-two with McNamee before smacking the return to the bottom corer.
UCD midfielder Jack Keaney was sent off on 86 minutes for a foul on Ciaron Harkin, his second yellow card.
Parkhouse then added Derry’s third goal a minute from time when drilling home from Bruna’s through ball.
UCD: Sheridan; Farrell, Scales, McEvoy; Tobin (Kinsella Bishop, 82), Keaney, McClelland, Dignam; Mahdy, Byrne (O’Farrell, 71), Kerrigan (Kerrigan, 88).
Derry City: Cherrie; Cole, Toal, Gilchrist, Coll; Sloggett (Davis, 71), Bruna; McDonagh, McNamee (Harkin, 82), McCrudden (Gillespie, 64); Parkhouse.
Referee: Tomas Connolly (Dublin).