Zayed double keeps Derry flying
Galway United 0 Derry City 3
Out in the west, as Galway United's unwanted club record for consecutive defeats stretched to 20, there was further evidence of Derry City's promise.
Almost unnoticed, the Candystripes have settled back into life in the top flight and Stephen Kenny is directing a title bid even though Sunderland have lodged a successful bid in the region of €400,000 for winger James McClean, who was an unused substitute at Terryland Park.
Kenny is far too cool and crafty to entertain such lofty talk about the possibility of being crowned champions, but Derry have the skill and spirit to be contenders. Derry had already carved the Galway defence open on several occasions before the visitors netted an 11th-minute opener.
Bobby Ryan fouled Kevin Deery in the area and Eamon Zayed rattled the Galway net from the resultant penalty. Four minutes before the break, Zayed nodded a second following a Patrick McEleney assist as Galway's defensive hesitancy was ruthlessly exploited.
Galway were passionate after the restart, but Derry still nicked a third on 75 minutes courtesy of a sweet McEleney strike.
Galway United -- Winn; Preston-Kelly, Browne, Gaughan, Walsh; Kim, Sinnott, G Kelly, Ryan (Gilmore, 55); Murphy, Caldwell (Collins, 51).
Derry City -- Doherty; McCallion, Greacen, S McEleney, Friars; Deery (Harkin, 78), Higgins, Molloy, McLaughlin; P McEleney (McDaid, 80), Zayed.
REF -- N Doyle (Dublin).