Tuesday 24 April 2018

McEneff helps Derry put Euro woes behind them

Derry City 4 Sligo Rovers 0

Aaron McEneff of Derry City in action. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Aaron McEneff of Derry City in action. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

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Derry City got back to winning ways after their European nightmare by piling on the agony for a very poor Sligo Rovers at Maginn Park.

Kenny Shiels' side were superb and would have won by a bigger margin but for some outstanding saves by Micheal Schlingermann.

Sligo were second best throughout and never really tested Gerard Doherty.

City were inches away from taking an eighth-minute lead as Aaron McEneff's free-kick was flying into the top corner until Schlingermann arched his back to tip it onto the crossbar.

On 30 minutes City's new signing Darren Cole nearly marked his debut with a goal, but his well hit strike from the edge of the box was superbly kept out by a fully stretched Schlingermann.

The home side deservedly broke the deadlock two minutes later after some fantastic set-up play.

Midfielder McEneff played a super one-two with Rory Patterson, before seeing his tame effort parried away by Schlingermann, and Lukas Schubert was on hand to nod home the rebound.

Early in the second half, Schlingermann made another top save to keep out Ronan Curtis' close-range header, but there was nothing he could do on 61 minutes as City doubled their lead.

Nicky Low's super cross-field pass found Curtis, who chested the ball down before blasting home from 10 yards.

City added a third on 74 minutes as Ben Doherty was brought down inside the box by Kyle McFadden, and birthday boy McEneff fired home his eighth goal of the campaign.

Five minutes from time Derry added a fourth as substitute Rory Holden, skipped past several challenges before firing home past the overworked Schlingermann.


Derry City - G Doherty, Monaghan (Boyle h-t), Cole, Jarvis, B Doherty; Low, McEneff, McNamee (Holden 77); Curtis (Daniels 80), Patterson, Schubert.

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Donelon, Leahy, McFadden, Sharkey (Armstrong 50), Kearns, Cretaro, Boylan, McCabe (Kenny 77), Ayunga (Place 64).

Ref - P Tuite (Dublin).

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