Ronan Curtis sets the tone as Derry down Galway
Derry City 2 Galway Utd 1
All the goals came in the opening 25 minutes in an action-packed affair at Maginn Park.
Derry took the lead on four minutes through Ronan Curtis’ superb 20-yard free-kick, after Marc Ludden had upended Joshua Daniels on the edge of the box.
The home side doubled their lead minutes later as Barry McNamee’s cross was headed home by Nathan Boyle.
United deservedly pulled a goal back through Gary Shanahan, who had an earlier effort ruled out for offside, but this time he made no mistake from close range.
Just before the break City keeper Gerard Doherty had to pull off a super save to keep out Ronan Murray’s clever free-kick.
The woodwork came to City’s rescue on 59 minutes as Vinny Faherty’s effort, which had Doherty beaten, rattled the crossbar.
Derry had two golden chances on 77 and 78 but Boyle’s goalbound header, which had Winn beaten, was blocked
on the line by Lee Grace, and the woodwork denied Boyle again moments later.
Derry City – G Doherty, Monaghan, McDermott, Barry, Jarvis; McEneff, Holden; Curtis, McNamee, Daniels; Boyle (B Doherty 86).
Galway United – Winn, Horgan, Ludden, Grace, Holohan, Cawley, Faherty (Cunningham 82), Devaney (Melody 87), Shanahan, Murray, Folan.
Ref – R Havey (Dublin)