Saturday 7 December 2019

Curran gets Candystripes off mark

Derry City 1 Sligo Rovers 0

Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty was instrumental in his side's victory over Sligo Rovers
Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty was instrumental in his side's victory over Sligo Rovers

DERRY City secured their first victory of the season thanks to Enda Curran's second-half strike, which was enough to see off Sligo Rovers.

Sligo started brightly and went close on eight minutes: when Aaron Greene easily got away from Mark Stewart, his teasing centre was turned goalwards by Sean Maguire but Cliff Byrne cleared.

City had a super chance on 16 minutes but last season's top scorer Rory Patterson saw his strike superbly kept out by Rovers 'keeper Gary Rogers.

Just after the half-hour mark a Dean Jarvis right-wing corner found Curran at the near post, but his attempted volley was straight at Rogers.

At the start of the second half John Russell's inch-perfect pass released Maguire, but the lone striker's drive from an acute angle was turned around the post by City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

Derry broke the deadlock on 54 minutes in outstanding fashion when Curran's long-range low drive flew past Rogers before clipping the post and rocketing into the net.

Rogers came to his side's rescue moments later, this time keeping out Michael Duffy's strike.

Rovers missed a golden chance to level things on the hour mark when Maguire's right-wing cross into the six-yard box found an unmarked Russell, who incredibly side-footed wide from close range.

Sligo had a glorious chance to equalise but Russell's header from just four yards was somehow kept out by a quick-reacting Doherty, who dived to right to tip it away.

Derry City – Doherty; Collins (Elbert 12), Byrne, Barry, Jarvis; Stewart, McGovern (R Curran 73), Ventre, Duffy; E Curran, Patterson (Molloy 59).

Sligo Rovers – Rogers; Keane, McMillan, Henderson, Greene; Cawley (Spillane 83), Ndo, Russell, Odhiambo (O'Connor 69), Gaynor; Maguire (Loftus 87).

REF – D Tomney (Dublin).

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