Bohemians 0 Derry City 1 (Curtis)
On a night when arctic conditions swept across the country, City escaped the heat of a late Bohemians charge to record their first win of the season. Gerard Doherty’s late penalty save was the first penalty saved by a City keeper in five years and ensured that City would end their disappointing start to the season.
Kenny Shiels opted for a three man back line, with Niall Logue making his debut and Eoin Toal anchoring the defence between the debutant and Darren Cole. Jamie McDonagh returned to the starting eleven, with Rory Hale moved infield to provide more bodies in the central third.
Snowfall in Dublin never really threatened the game, but ensured that the surface had a white dusting throughout and meant that the players had to be extra careful in control. It was a scrappy opening half with both sides only really having one clear cut chance. McEneff sent Curtis clear down the right but his shot was well saved by Supple in the home goal. In a similar fashion Stokes was sent clear by a through ball from Ward but he shot straight at Doherty.
In the second half Patterson found himself clean through after a great ball from Hale but he pulled his shot badly wide with only the keeper to beat. Curtis didn’t miss his chance and on the hour he fired low past Supple after a Low corner landed at his feet.
The home side attacked relentlessly in the final quarter and had a goal ruled offside for pushing. It appeared as if they would be back on level terms when McDermott fouled Devaney inside the box and gave away a penalty. Stokes stepped up but Doherty got down low to scramble it clear. The home side had the majority of possession but the new look defensive unit held firm and City could have doubled their lead at the death when Dohety hammered the ball off the underside of the bar.