Second-half goals from Mark Farren and Stephen McLaughlin gave Derry City a 2-0 victory over Cork City at Brandywell tonight.
An entertaining first-half saw both sides creating chances but failing to find the target. Stephen McLaughlin had a goal disallowed on 18 minutes for City, whilst Daryl Horgan went close for Cork just after the half-hour mark.
As has often been the case this season, City upped the tempo after the break and it wasn’t long before they had opened the scoring.
A defence splitting pass from Barry Molloy fed Mark Farren and he cooly slotted the ball past McNulty to give City a 49th minute lead.
Four minutes later, and it was 2-0 to City. Cork keeper McNulty seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball following a long punt up the pitch and Stephen McLaughlin slotted the ball into the empty net.
With a last throw of the dice, Cork boss Tommy Dunne made a triple substitution, bringing on the experienced pair of Colin Healy and Tadhg Purcell along with Irish U19 striker Danny Morrissey in the 62nd minute.
Those changes though made little impact, as City closed out the game to make it two wins for the Candystripes in four days at Brandywell.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Stewart Greacan, Ryan McBride, Dermot McCaffrey; Patrick McEleney (Matthew Crossan 77), Barry Molloy, Ruaidhri Higgins, Stephen McLaughlin (Brian McGroary 88); Mark Farren, Owen Morrison (David McDaid 57).
Subs not used: Eddie McCallion, Shane McEleney, Eugene Ferry, Barry McNamee.
Cork City: Mark McNulty; Ian Turner, Dan Murray, Gavin Kavanagh, Danny Murphy; Daryl Horgan, John Dunleavy, Gearóid Morrissey, Shane O’Connor (Colin Healy 62); Davin O’Neill (Tadhg Purcell 62), Vinny Sullivan (Danny Morrissey 62).
Subs not used: Kalen Spillane, Cathal Lordan, Jamie Murphy, Kevin Burns.
Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin).