Derry keep pressure on leaders Dundalk after narrowly seeing off Bohs at the Brandywell
DERRY CITY kept their 100 per cent home record with this hard fought success over Bohemians.
The game, which will not live long in the memory, was settled in the first half thanks to Rory Patterson's sixth goal of the campaign.
Derry had a half chance early on when Patrick McClean's cross-field pass found Nathan Boyle, but from a tight angle the striker was unable to trouble Bohs keeper Dean Delany.
City did take the lead on 14 minutes after Keith Ward's pass released Barry McNamee, who with only Delany to beat seemed to loose his footing, but fortunately for the midfielder the ball fell straight into Rory Patterson's path and he made no mistake from just inside the box.
Bohs should have equalised on 31 minutes when Kurtis Byrne was clear of the City defence, but with only Gerard Doherty to beat, he completely missed the ball when six yards out and the City keeper gathered the loose ball.
Nine minutes later, McNamee's well hit pass found Boyle on the right hand side of the box, but after controlling the ball, the striker's powerful shot was kept out by Delany.
Just before half-time, Eoin Wearen's 20-yard strike was kept out by a diving Doherty.
Bohs boss Keith Long made a change at the break, with ex-City striker Mark Quigley coming on Wearen.
On 57 minutes another clever pass by Ward found McNamee, who again broke clear of the Bohs defence, but his shot was easily saved by Delany.
Bohs probably shaded things in the second half but they never troubled Doherty, until 81 minutes, when a super right-wing free-kick by substitute Jake Kelly flashed across the keeper's six yard box just in front of Derek Prendergast.
Derry City: G Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, McClean, McDermott; McCormack, McEneff; Ward (R Doherty 90), McNamee, Boyle (Curtis 84); Patterson.
Bohemians: Delany, Fitzgerald, Lopes, Prendergast, D Byrne, Wearen (Quigley H-T), Buckley, K Byrne, Kavanagh, Mulcahy, Mohamed (Kelly 71).
Referee: Mr PaulTuite (Dublin).