Thursday 23 May 2019

Shamrock Rovers make it eight wins in a row at the Brandywell

Derry City 0 Shamrock Rovers 1

Aaron Greene, second from left, is congratulated by his Shamrock Rovers team-mates, from left, Dylan Watts, Jack Byrne and Aaron McEneff after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Aaron Greene, second from left, is congratulated by his Shamrock Rovers team-mates, from left, Dylan Watts, Jack Byrne and Aaron McEneff after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Derry

Shamrock Rovers are proving to be ruthless and relentless in their chase for a first Premier Division title since 2011, as the Hoops made it eight wins from eight games with a 1-0 victory away to Derry City.

Derry began the day in second place in the league table, hoping that a continuation of their good home form could see them close the gap on leaders Rovers.

But City's own three-game winning run was brought to an end, as a goal late in the first half from Aaron Greene settled matters in front of a sold-out Brandywell, the crowd paying an emotional tribute before the game to journalist Lyra McKee, who was murdered in the nearby Creggan estate late on Thursday night.

Derry had some good spells early on against the Hoops, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe with their best chance on 42 minutes, but that miss cost them as within a minute, Greene pounced on a superb ball from recent Ireland call-up Jack Byrne, Greene beat his marker Eoin Toal and slotted home his first goal in eight games.

Derry did regroup and searched for an equaliser, David Parkhouse forcing a save from Alan Mannus on 53 minutes with their best chance while Ogedi-Uzokwe was again a threat 14 minutes from the end, but Derry lacked what it took to get past Mannus, even in five minutes of added time, and the Hoops now face Bohemians (Tuesday) and Dundalk (Friday) in a season-defining week.

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