Sligo Rovers 3 Derry City 0
In horrendous playing conditions Derry were well beaten by the home side and saw their chances of third disappear with the gale force winds howling around the Showgrounds.
Dean Jarvis shrugged off the injury which had placed his participation in doubt, as City started with the same team that had drawn in Cork on Tuesday.
City were playing into the wind in the first period and even from the teams were warming up, it was clear that the side with the wind advantage in the first period were going to dominate proceedings. Gerard Doherty struggled to get his kick outs much further than half way between the penalty box and the half way line and Sligo kept City hemmed in.
The influence of the conditions was shown in the 8th minute when a swirling ball from McCabe from the corner violently dipped and into the City net. It was the the story of the first half as a committed Sligo team didn’t give Derry a moment to settle. The visitors only had very rare forays into the Sligo half, and Shaun Patton was untroubled for most of the game.
The home side doubled their advantage six minutes before the break when Doherty wasn’t able to claim a long range shot and Faherty followed up to make it 2-0 to Sligo.
In the second period the expectation was that City would be able to use the strong wind in their favour, but they rarely troubled Shaun Patton. Low and McIntyre replaced Doherty and Monaghan at the break but City failed to threaten. Neil Doyle had to balance between the tightrope of the challenges of the conditions with some of the robust tackling, particularly from the home side.
A very disappointing night for City was summed up when Cole was robbed of possession and it allowed Sligo to grab a third.
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