Patrick McEleney opens the floodgates for Derry City
REVITALISED Derry City trounced Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell, where Rory Patterson and Patrick McEleney battled it out for the man-of-the-match accolade.
Derry went ahead on 12 minutes with another wonderful long-range strike from McEleney, this time from all of 30 yards.
Just after the half-hour mark McEleney added his second. Patterson's pinpoint cross-field pass found the 21-year-old, who's first touch was superb and he lobbed Stephen McGuinness from just inside the box.
Soon after McEleney should have completed his hat-trick when Patterson's centre into the six-yard found the midfielder totally unmarked, but his side-footed effort was saved by McGuinness.
On 61 minutes another flowing move by the Brandywell men ended with Mark Timlin's pass finding McEleney and he fed the ball to an unmarked Patterson who turned it home from close range.
Ten minutes later, Patterson added City's fourth. This time he was on hand to turn the ball home after Bray were unable to clear their lines properly from Barry McNamee's corner.
On 88 minutes, Stephen Dooley marked his debut with a goal, steering home from 12 yards past a dejected McGuinness.
Derry City – Doherty, Ventre, S McEleney, Barry, Jarvis (Lowry 55); Molloy, B McNamee; Duffy (Tracey 71), P McEleney, Timlin (Dooley 71); Patterson.
Bray Wanderers – McGuinness, Cooney, Cassidy, O'Neill (McDonagh 60), Akinade (Hurley 75), O'Connor, Zambra, Scully, Curran (Coombes 60), Kelly.
Ref – Mr P Tuite (Dublin).