Limerick 0 Derry City 3
Derry returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Market’s Field. Aaron McEneff grabbed two second half goals to make the points safe, after Rory Patterson struck just before the break to give City the lead.
It is now five defeats in a row for Limerick but they will look back on a huge chance that they missed in the opening minute. City, recalling Gavin Peers after his suspension were caught napping and Duggan fired over from the penalty spot after he really should have done much better.
Both sides sturggled to find much fluency in the first period but five minutes before the break Hale slipped Patterson in down the right and he fired home past Clarke to make it 1-0 to the visitors. In the second half former Cork player O’Sullivan had the best chance for the home side but he blazed over.
Just as City appeared to be growing in nerves in the closing stages, McEneff drove the ball home to make it look as if the points were secure for the Candystripes. The same player struck eight minute later when he was fouled inside the box. The midfielder stepped up to sent Clarke the wrong way and make it 3-0 to the visitors. It is McEneff’s ninth of the season and extend City’s unbeaten run to 10 games in all games.
Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Kilian Cantwell, Killian Brouder, Tony Whitehead, Alan Murphy (Mark O’Sullivan 71, 5); Conor Clifford, Eoin Wearen (Barry Maguire 83, 5); Karl O’Sullivan, Shane Duggan, William Fitzgerald; Danny Morrissey.
Derry City: Ger Doherty; Darren Cole (Conor McDermott, 64), Gavin Peers, Eoin Toal, Jack Doyle; Nicky Low, Aaron McEneff; Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale (Ben Doherty, 86), Ronan Curtis (Ronan Hale 76); Rory Patterson.