Bohemians 1 Derry City 2
The City revival continues apace, with their second away win in four days achieved in Dalymount under the gaze of President Michael D Higgins and a host of the Irish Euro 2012 squad.
Second half strikes from McLaughlin and McEleney saw City leave Dublin 7 with all three points.
The game was starved of incident in the first half, with a long range effort from McEleney which screamed the wrong side of the post the only major effort for the visitors. Both sides were attempting to get the ball down and play football but with City deploying a 4-1-4-1 formation and Bohs dropping McEvoy into midfield, it was a very congested central third.
The second period was a much livelier affair, as both sides pushed for the opening goal. Ward forced Doherty into a save and the busy midfielder had a tremendous opportunity to break the deadlock when defensive sloppiness by Higgins sent his clear with only the keeper to beat. His tame shot was easily stopped and the home side were left to rue what might have been.
City made the break through ust after the hour mark when Madden was fouled near the corner flag on the right side. McCaffery swung in a teasing ball and it was crashed home by McLaughlin, his powerful header leaving Sexton with no chance. Aaron Callaghan was sent to stands as he felt his side should have been allowed to make a sub before the free was taken. Mr Rodgers the referee did not agree.
City seemed to grow in confidence and with just over ten minutes to go they doubled their lead. A McEleney shot was deflected for a corner, which McCaffrey swung in to the danger area. McMillan was adjudged to have handled and McEleney slotted it low past Sexton to give City a two goal advantage.
The visitors looked to be heading for a clean sheet but in the 93rd minute Ward curled a brilliant effort past Doherty. It was much too little too late for the home side as City took all three points.