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Galway secure vital win as fans turn on Derry

BOOS rang out as Derry City suffered yet another home defeat this time to Galway United.

Once again it was another disappointing display in front of the home support and the pressure will be mounting on boss Peter Hutton.

On 18 minutes the Derry fans stood up and sung Mark Farren’s name as they showed their support for the club’s all time leading marks man and former team-mate James McClean sat beside Farren throughout the game.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes when Ryan Connolly made no mistake blasting home from close range after a goalkeeping error by Gerard Doherty.

Incredibly United added a second moments later when Connolly’s quickly taken free-kick from 25 yards from goal caught out the City back-line and the alert Jake Keegan ghosted in to head home from 10 yards.

Derry’s miserable night continued on 72 minutes when substitute keeper Patton collided with United’s Gary Shanahan and both players had to leave the pitch on a stretch, meaning Anthony Elding had to dawn the gloves for the Candystripes.

Elding was called into action when he did well to keep out Padraic Cunningham’s close range striker, after the front man latched onto Stephen Walsh’s pass.

Derry City  – Doherty (Patton 35 Curran 72), Kelly, McBride, McEleney, Barry; Daniels (Curtis 58), Lowry, McNamee, Timlin; Morrison, Elding.

Galway United  – Gleeson, Raferty, Sinnott, Walsh, Horgan; Shanahan (O Laoi 72) O’Leary, Connolly, Keegan; Curran, Cunningham.

REF – Rob Rogers

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