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Sligo restart with a bang to pick up first win of season over lacklustre Derry at Brandywell

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Ronan Coughlan of Sligo Rovers shoots to score his side's second goal from the penalty spot, past Peter Cherrie of Derry City, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ronan Coughlan of Sligo Rovers shoots to score his side's second goal from the penalty spot, past Peter Cherrie of Derry City, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Ronan Coughlan of Sligo Rovers shoots to score his side's second goal from the penalty spot, past Peter Cherrie of Derry City, during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers picked up their first win of the season after bagging a deserved win over a lacklustre Derry City at the Brandywell.

In the first League of Ireland game to be played since the five month break, it was the Bit O’Red who looked sharper and hungrier, picking up a much-needed win that was rarely under threat from a City team surprisingly bereft of ideas in the final third.

There was no way back for Derry after Kyle McFadden headed City into the lead and Ronan Coughlan made sure of the points with a penalty early in the second half.

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Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley wears a mask during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley wears a mask during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley wears a mask during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Sligo Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

After a quiet start to the game, Sligo finally provided the Derry defence with their first serious test on 19 minutes and it was one they failed. De Vries’ delivery was powerfully headed in by Kyle McFadden to give Sligo the lead.

The hosts were struggling to make any inroads into the Sligo half, and were almost caught again as the half hour approached. Ronan Coughlan was put in one-on one against Eoin Toal but just as the Sligo man worked his way into the area to shoot, Toal stuck out a leg to stop the shot.

Another Sligo corner led to another Sligo chance as City continued to labour, a creative pull back by Donelon into the path of Buckley giving the centre-half space to try an ambitious effort from distance, but he was well off target.

Walter Figueira was working hard on his own up top, and he produced a little bit of trickery to get inside McFadden before his deflected shot won City their third corner of the game five minutes from the break. From Bruna’s delivery, Eoin Toal headed down at the back post but Ally Gilchrist could only hook the ball over the bar from close range.

The second half started disastrously for the Candystripes as they gifted Sligo Rovers a penalty within five minutes, Eoin Toal barging Ronan Coughlan to the ground in full view of referee Paul McLaughlin.

There was little complaint about the decision, and Coughlan picked himself up before dispatching the spot kick beyond Peter Cherrie to put the visitors in sight of their first win of the season.

City finally got a glimpse of a chance on 77 minutes. It was young striker Ferry who caused problems for McGinty, attempting to hook a cross from Malone in at the near post, with the Sligo goalkeeper scrambling to keep it out under pressure from Figueira.

Figueira came close himself in the closing stages but his effort flashed past McGinty’s goal on a forgettable evening for the Candystripes.

DERRY CITY: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Eoin Toal, Ally Gilchrist (Mark McChrystal 45’), Conor McCormack, Joe Thompson, Gerardo Bruna, Conor Clifford (Patrick Ferry 58’), Ciaron Harkin (Jack Malone 58’), Walter Figueira, Stephen Mallon.

SLIGO ROVERS: Ed McGinty, Regan Donelon, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Garry Buckley (John Russell 73’), Darragh Noone, David Cawley, Niall Morahan, Will Seymore, Jesse Devers (Darren Collins 80’), Ryan De Vries, Ronan Coughlan.

REFEREE: Paul McLaughlin.

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