Derry City 3 Limerick 0
Two goals in the opening nine minutes ensured that Derry registered a third successive victory and moved to within seven points of Dundalk in second spot in the Airtricity Premier Division.
City made two chances to the team that defeated Finn Harps in Monday’s derby. Aaron Barry returned to partner Cole in the heart of defence and Curtis replaced Daniels on the left wing. None of the new signings were eligible for selection, so Shiels continued with his squad to date.
City found themselves in front after 27 seconds when Barry McNamee latched onto a weak backpass, rounded Brendan Clarke and slotted home from a narrow angle to put the home side in charge. City doubled their advantage when a flowing move sent McDermott away down the right hand side. His cross fell at the feet of Patterson and although the striker scuffed his effort, it beat the despairing dive of Clarke, with a hint of a touch from Lukas Schubert.
The home side were completely in control and Clarke did brilliantly to turn away a powerful effort from Curtis just before the quarter hour mark. With Ollie Horgan and Stephen Kenny amongst those in attendance, the Candystripes were keen to show that there are very much in the hunt for the European spots this season.
Limerick struggled to adjust and finding themselves two down within ten minutes they were always going to struggle to get back into the game. They moved Ogbene infield to partner Tosi and the youngster’s running game was about the only threat that they posed. The former Cork player broke down the left early in the second period but Cole recovered well to dispossess him in the penalty area. Ogbene drew the ire of the home support for his willingness to fall under the lightest of contacts.
The game was pedestrian for long periods of the second half as City were well in control but were not able to threaten Clarke’s goal. Patterson missed a glorious chance on 67 minutes when he blazed over from 12 yards out, having been set up by Schubert. Doherty bravely dived to claim a low cross from Lynch as the visitors tried to claw their way back into the game.
City ended the game as a contest when Doherty pounced on a mistake by Clarke to drive home from four yards out.