Derry City 3 Shamrock Rovers 0
A blistering start from Derry saw Ronan Curtis grab an early breakthrough and the home side never looked back, pushing on to inflict their heaviest defeat on Shamrock Rovers since 2002. Curtis struck after two minutes, latching onto a loose ball to slot it past Barry Murphy and bring the Brandywell to life.
Rovers had come into the game in third place and both sides had an eye on replacing Dundalk at the summit for 24 hours at least. However’s Rovers dream was somewhat of a nightmare as they were second best all night. City relaxed after the early lead and were the better side for long stretches of the game, dominating Fenlon’s Hoops.
City doubled the advantage after 22 minutes when Jarvis swung a ball into the box and Monaghan guided it home to leave Murphy with no chances. The Scot had his first goal for the Candystripes and Shiels’ side were firmly in control of this encounter. Patterson, on his 100th appearance for the club had a superb performance. He held the ball in the front line magnificently, bringing midfield runners into the game and causes all sorts of problems for the Rovers defence.
Barry McNamee has been a revelation in his advanced role so far this year, producing the form that won his a trial with Nottingham Forrest a couple of season ago. He was all over the pitch in the opening period, breaking forward with attacking threats and then doubling back to provide defensive cover.
Fenlon tried to provide defensive cover with the introduction of Webster for O’Connor, and the Hoops did start the second period better. It was not to be their night though, and the Candstripes seal the victory just before the hour mark. Webster hauled down Patterson and the referee Dave McKeon pointed to the spot, with minimal protestations from the visitors. The man himself stepped up and coverted to add to the 100th appearance celebrations.
The game fizzled out with City in complete control and stretching their unbeaten run to 6 games.