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Farren provides the platform

Mark Farren scored his first goal of the season as Derry City got back to winning ways in the Premier Division with victory over Cork City last night.

The striker opened his account early in the second half before Stephen McLaughlin put the seal on the win following a howler from Cork goalkeeper Mark McNulty.

After a slow start to the game, it was Derry who got on top and Farren, who got in behind the Cork defence, lifted the ball over McNulty, only for Ian Turner to head the ball off the goal line.

Derry were well on top but it was Cork that came closest to taking the lead as an attack down the left wing saw John Dunleavy fizz a low ball across goal which was met by Daryl Horgan -- he slammed a shot beyond Gerard Doherty but onto the crossbar.

Farren wasted no time in the second half as he raced onto a superb through-ball from Barry Molloy before drilling the ball low past McNulty to break the deadlock.

Then followed a moment to forget for Cork goalkeeper McNulty who raced out of his penalty area to collect a pass from Ruaidhri Higgins, only to miss the ball completely, allowing McLaughlin to tap into an empty net.

Cork huffed and puffed after that but they lacked a cutting edge and the Candystripes saw the remainder of the game out comfortably.

Derry -- Doherty, Madden, Greacen, McBride, McCaffrey, McLaughlin (McGrory 88), Molloy, Higgins, McEleney (Crossan 76), Morrison (McDaid 57), Farren.

Cork -- McNulty,Turner, Kavanagh, Murray, Murphy, Horgan, Dunleavy (D Morrisey 61), Morrissey, O'Connor, O'Neill (Purcell 61), Sullivan (Healy 61).

Ref -- R Rogers (Dublin)

Irish Independent