Bohemians 0 Derry City 4
The post match reaction of the players told’s it own story. No wild celebration, the squad just congratulated each other and exited the pitch. This was a chance of very much job done for City as they came to Dublin and put a toothless Bohs side to the sword on their own patch. The scoreline may have made the rest of the League sit up and take notice, but it was a clinical performance from a new look Candystripe side.
City hit two goals in either half and whilst the second half goals may have put a gloss on the scoreline, there was little doubt of the destination of the three points when McEleney put Derry ahead with a wonder strike. The younger winger cut in from left and let fly from 25 yards, with the vicious dip and spin beating Delaney. The entire Derry team rushed over the celebrate with McEleney in front of the travelling support.
City doubled their advantage thirteen minutes later. A nice ball from Higgins found it’s way to Madden on the right, after an unfortunate bounce took it over the foot of Nangle. The full back looked up and found Rafter inside the box, and the striker took a touch and slotted the ball past Delaney, through the legs of the covering defender.
Bohemians switched to a 4-4-2 formation in the second period as they tried to find a way back into the game, and it did see them gain more possession. However the lack of cutting edge for the home side meant that Gerard Doherty was a virtual spectator for long period. Bohs had a penalty shout when the ball appeared to hit the arm of Barry Molloy inside the box, but the referee gave nothing more for a corner.
City were happy to sit back and then hit the home side on the counter. The invention of Kavanagh and McNamee fed of the balls provided by the like of Rafter and Delaney pulled off a smart point blank save from McNamee. The youngster was central to the third goal as after a scramble from a corner, McNamee lobbed Delaney but the keeper was able to paw the ball out. Unfortunately it looped into the path of McBride, who headed it home to make it three.
McNamee got on the score sheet himself as he was sent clear by Rafter and lifted the ball over Delaney to ensure City’s highest victory at the north Dublin venue.