TITLE chasing Cork City produced a work man like display to see off ten men Derry City.
Cork went close to taking an early lead but Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty did well to deny Karl Sheppard, turning his effort around the post.
Derry went close on 17 minutes themselves when Dean Jarvis’ left wing centre found Philip Lowry, but the midfielder’s header at the near post bounced before Mark McNulty gathered.
Just after the half-hour mark more good play by the home side ended with Lowry’s pass finding Mark Timlin, but the left winger’s strike was saved by McNulty.
Cork missed a golden chance on 50 minutes when an unmarked Darren Dennehy saw his header into the six yard box was somehow missed by duo Sheppard and Mark O’Sullivan.
Sheppard made up for that miss as he did find the back of the net on 58 minutes; impressively firing home past Doherty, from the right hand side of the Derry penalty box.
Cork had a super chance to add a second but substitute John O’Flynn, who had initially got away from the Derry defence, failed to trouble Doherty and fired wide from 18 yards.
The visitors rightfully added a second on 88 minutes from the penalty spot, after O’Flynn was bundled to the ground by Aaron Barry, to make matters worse for Derry the defender was sent-off for the challenge and Billy Dennehy blasting home the resulting spot-kick.
Derry City: Doherty, Kelly, S McEleney, Barry, Jarvis; Curtis (Dooley 73), McNamee, Lowry, Timlin; P McEleney; Curran.
Cork City: McNulty, Gaynor, Bennett, D Dennehy, K O’Connor; Murray, Miller, Buckley; Sheppard (Lehane 90), O’Sullivan (O’Flynn 58), B Dennehy (Kearney 90).
Referee: Mr Padraigh Sutton (Clare).