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Zayed four-timer sinks Galway

STRIKER Eamon Zayed helped himself to four goals as Derry City cruised past bottom side Galway United.

The home side broke the deadlock on seven minutes in spectacular fashion when Patrick McEleney's 25-yard drive flew into the net.

They doubled their lead two minutes later when James McClean drilled the ball low into Greg Fleming's bottom left-hand corner from outside the box.

Right on the stroke of half-time City added a third when Gareth McGlynn again got in behind the Galway defence before squaring the ball for Zayed to bundle the ball over the line.

Zayed netted his second and City's fourth on 74 minutes when substitute Stephen McLaughlin drilled the ball low straight into the striker's path and he made no mistake from close range.

The Libyan striker completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot when he blasted low into Fleming's bottom right-hand corner, after Paul Sinnott upended McClean inside the area.

Incredibly more terrible defending by the visitors allowed Zayed to fire home his fourth goal of the game, to complete the rout.

Derry City -- Doherty, Molloy, Greacen, S McEleney (McBride 80); Lafferty (McLaughlin 70); McGlynn, Higgins, Deery (Harkin 75); McClean; P McEleney, Zayed.

Galway United -- Fleming, Duci, Walsh, Sinnott, Ryan, G Kelly (Curran 75); E Curran, Gilmore, Moore, Keogh, S Kelly.

Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin).

Irish Independent