Derry City 1 – 0 Waterford
Derry City extended their run of good form to six games last night as Kenny Shiels’ men saw off a high-flying Waterford side.
The one goal from Blackburn Rovers loanee Jack Doyle, was enough to secure all three points for the Candystripes, who are now just three points behind Alan Reynolds men in fourth place with a game in hand.
Kenny Shiels continued to show faith in the young City side as he made no changes to the 11 that defeated a lacklustre Sligo last Saturday evening.
Alan Reynolds side were the better of the two in the opening third with City struggling to get a foot in the game. However, it would be Waterford who posed the first threat of the game on 14 minutes. Rory Patterson failed to clear his lines and the ball fell to the feet of Sander Puri whose curled effort was just over.
Waterford continued to press and almost took the lead on 24 minutes as Sander Puri broke though the midfield to put through Ismahil Akinade whose poked effort was cleared off the line by Gavin Peers.
City registered their first shot on target on 38 minutes after Conor Mc Dermott skipped past Waterford shirts down the right-hand side to find Aaron McEneff. With his back to goal McEneff found Rory Hale on the edge of the box whose effort was well saved by Vigouroux in the Waterford goal.
After a cagey first half and with little to shout about, both teams were level at the break.
Kenny Shiels’ men emerged brightly with a number of chances in the opening few minutes of the half. City almost took the lead on 46 minutes when a ball from Conor McDermott found Patterson in the box but could only be headed over by the striker.
In-form Ronan Curtis was next to try his luck on 47 minutes after a lovely backheel from Rory Patterson sent the winger in on goal, only to have his effort saved by Vigouroux.
However, City would finally take the lead on 53 minutes after a bright start to the second half. A superb cross from Birmingham loanee Ronan hale, found Jack Doyle at the back post who headed home his first City goal from close range.
The Candystripes grew dominant in the game and continued to press for a second. Ronan Curtis sprinted in on goal on 58 minutes after having shrugged off two defenders, only to have his stinging effort tipped over by Vigouroux in the Waterford goal.
City really should have doubled their lead on 73 minutes as Derry were in on goal again. Ronan Hale did well to find Aaron McEneff in the area, only for his scuffed effort to be saved by Vigouroux.
With the final whistle approaching, City were determined to see the game out. Ronan Curtis really should have sealed all three points in stoppage time as he cut inside the Waterford defence only to have his effort sail over the crossbar.
City held on until the final whistle and left the Brandywell with all three points with the help of another fantastic defensive performance from Gavin Peers among the back four.
Derry City – Gerard Doherty, Conor McDermott (Darren Cole 57’), Eoin Toal, Gavin Peers, Jack Doyle, Ronan Hale, Aaron McEneff, Nicky Low, Ronan Curtis, Rory Hale, Rory Patterson
Waterford – Lawrence Vigouroux, Garry Comerford (John Martin 70’), Paul Keegan, Sander Puri (Dean Walsh 76’), Gavan Holohan, Faysel Kasmi, Rory Feely, John Kavanagh, David Webster, Dylan Barnett (Derek Daly 70’), Izzy Akinade
Ref – N Doyle