Derry City 0 Sligo Rovers 2
Kenny Shiels saw his side fall to their second home defeat of the season as Sligo Rovers were comfortable 2-0 winners at the Brandywell. A combination of defensive errors and a high tempo game from the visitors meant that City were unable to bounce straight back from last week’s defeat in Waterford and now head to Cork on Monday.
City made a number of changes with Gavin Peers returning to the heart of the defence and Ronan Curtis replacing the suspended Patterson through the middle, Doherty slotting in to replace McDonagh.
The home side had the best opening chance with McDermott cutting infield and letting fly from distance, his shot just wide from distance.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes when a chipped ball from McCabe beat the offside trap and Cawley had time to dummy the ball twice before rolling home, with a stunned City defence static. The visitors were the more impressive for long period, with their fluid passing game opening up the home side on a number of occasions.
City had a great chance to get back into when Ronan Hale was sent clear but a superb covering tackle saw Boylan do enough to put the young striker off. That ended the defender’s involved as he was stretchered off the pitch, to be replaced by Cretaro.
The home side were struggling to impose themselves on the game and Morrison should have done better when he flashed the ball wide when put through by McAleer. However the visitors didn’t have long to wait as they doubled their advantage just after the break. City went close to scoring from a corner but from the goalkick a superb ball found McAleer, but there appeared to be plenty of cover. However a low cross was picked up and turned home by Morrison with serious questions again of the Derry defence.
A stunned Brandywell saw the remainder of the game play out with little not threat to Beeney’s goal. A long range effort from Doherty was the best of the chances for the home side who appeared to struggling to cope with the pace of the visitors’ gameplan. McAleer sent Wixted through on goal but Doherty did well with a point blank save and then stopped the ball rolling into the unguarded net.
City head to Turners Cross on Monday looking to arrest a run of form which has seen them take just four points from twenty one since the start of May.
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