Derry City 0 Bray Wanderers 5
City were blown away by their visitors last night, falling to their heaviest defeat of the season after clinical finishing and poor defending. It was the Candystripes’ record defeat against the same opposition and City have failed to win a game since beating Shamrock Rovers away in Tallaght at the start of August.
With Jarvis and Cole unavailable, City rejigged their back line with McDermott returning to right back and Ben Doherty slotting in on the opposite side. Aaron McEneff returned to join Low and McNamee in the centre of the field. Right from the off it was clear that Bray were not content to sit back and defend and would take the game to the home side. Harry Kenny’s men are third highest scorers in the League and had already scored three against Derry on two occasions already this season.
The opening quarter of the game was an even affair, but the visitors took the lead on 20 minutes. a quickly taken free in the centre circle saw McCabe pick up the ball and he played a superb through ball to find Aaron Greene. The striker beat Barry for pace and cooly lifted the ball over Doherty. The two were unplayable for most of the night as City struggled to contain their threat.
Kenny Shiels may look back and wonder how the game may have changed if Peter Cherrie had not pulled off a wonder save to deny Barry when the score was 1-0. A deep floated ball from McEneff found Barry and his effort was miraculously clawed round the post to deny the home side. It was to be a turning point in the game as the visitors ran rampant afterwards.
McCabe and Greene were again the architects of the second goal, working the ball quickly down the right. Doherty advanced to close the angle and the ball was squared to Darragh Noone. The midfielder, breaking to the edge of the area, hit the ball first time low into the corner. Two minutes later it was to get worse for Derry as the visitors added a third. Ben Doherty was caught flat footed as Ryan Brennan surged past him and latched onto a long ball, firing home in front of a stunned home support.
City had two good efforts at the start of the second half to get back into the game, with Patterson denied by Cherrie in one on one situations. However Bray ended all talk of a comeback as they surged forward again. Brennan’s initial effort hit the post, but McCabe finished to make it four. City continued to try and get something from the game with Toal and other seeing efforts cleared off the line. City’s night was summed up as Aaron McEneff ballooned an 89th minute penalty over the bar, after Schubert was hauled to the ground.