Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kenny calls for improvement

Dundalk 0 Derry City 2

Derry City boss Stephen Kenny hailed his players' efforts after victory at Oriel Park kept alive their title hopes, but he admitted that improvements would be needed if they are to overcome leaders Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght on Thursday.

The Candystripes stretched their unbeaten league run to 19 games courtesy of goals from Eamon Zayed and Daniel Lafferty, but Kenny refused to get carried away.

"All we can do is win our remaining matches and see where that takes us," said Kenny. "Shamrock Rovers will present a totally different challenge and we'll have to step our game up to beat them, that's for sure."

Derry went ahead after 13 minutes. Dundalk skipper Simon Madden made a great block to deny Kevin Deery in the six-yard box, but the ball fell to Lafferty and his pinpoint cross was headed home by Zayed at the back post.

After Gareth McGlynn had to make a last-gasp block to deny the impressive Chris Reilly a debut goal for the hosts, Derry's Stephen McLaughlin rattled the woodwork before Lafferty made sure of the points when he nodded home their second in the 85th minute.

DUNDALK -- P Murphy; Madden, C Byrne, Breen, N Murphy; Reilly (McKenna 75), Ward, McDonnell, Gaynor (McDonald 88); Quigley, J Byrne.

DERRY CITY -- Doherty; Molloy, Greacen, S McEleney, Lafferty; McGlynn, Deery, Higgins, McLaughlin; Zayed, P McEleney.

REF -- N Doyle (Dublin).

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