Derry City 3 Shamrock Rovers 1
Two goals from Aaron McEneff bookended an exciting win over Shamrock Rovers as City recorded a second win in three games.
The home side hit the front after only five minutes when the ball broke to McEneff on the edge of the box and his first time effort flew past Chencinski, clipping the underside of the bar to send the home side ahead. The visitors were well in the game and indeed probably bossed the possession, with Finn and McAllister seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages.
The wet surface and the 100% commitment from both sides saw a few full blooded challenges and referee Connolly had his work cut out to keep a lid on emotions. Rovers hit back when Monaghan conceded a free on half way. The flighted ball was knocked down by Shaw and Burke fired a superb curling effort past Doherty to level the score.
Despite the slippery surface, both sides were trying to move the ball quickly on the deck and this led to a fast flowing game. City retook the lead when McNamee steered home from inside the box after one of these team moves.
City could have edged further ahead at the start of the second half when the Rovers keeper smartly stopped a Jarvis header. The Canadian stopper had to be right on form to claw away a curling effort from Curtis.
As the game entered the closing stages Rovers began to push forward, particularly using the pace of Madden to overlap down the right. The visitors felt they were back on level terms when they had the ball in the net from Finn but the assistant ruled the goal out much to the annoyance of the visitors.
City made sure of all three points when a surging run by Curtis was ended inside the box with a foul. McEneff capped a terrific displayed with a confident penalty to ensure all three points.