Derry City 0 Dundalk 4
Dundalk inflicted a first home defeat on City earlier in the season with a 4-1 victory and piled further misery on the Brandywell side, hitting three goals in the second period to accentuate the gap between the two sides.
City lined up without Gavin Peers and Nicky Low, missing out through injury and suspension in front of a disappointing Brandywell crowd. The lack of depth in the Derry squad was clear with a bench of outfield players aged twenty years or younger.
The visitors started comfortable right from the beginning and were in control of possession for long period of the games, creating chances at will whislt the home side struggled to cope with the pace and fluid movement of the Lilywhites. Michael Duffy who was the star of the show earlier in the season was quiet in the early stages but gradually came alive. McEneff had City’s best effort of the first half, with a flashing shot from 25 yards that Rogers tipped around the post.
A tussle just after the half hour broke the home support arrived, but it was symptomatic of the night. Chris Shiels fouled McDermott but frustration and dissent from McEneff and Patterson saw them booked as a result of the incident, following the Dundalk midfielder into the book.
City failed to see the warning signs just before the break, when McDermott made a last ditch effort to deny Shiels. Dundalk recycled the ball and Benson effort squirmed into the net, beating Doherty at the near post.
The second half was all about the visitors, as they tagged on three goals to consign City to consecutive home defeats and with results elsewhere they slip into fifth position.
Derry struggled to get the ball into the Dundalk half for long period of the first half, as the visitors pushed up high on Derry’s attempts to play it out from the back. Just after the hour, the second followed when Duffy broke down the wing and cross. The first effort hit the bar but Hoban followed up to make it two. Dundalk were were in controlled in this stage and Duffy fired over before a deflected shot from McGrath was finished by Hoban for his second.
Duffy capped over his night with a great finish with a goal in the 82nd minute as Dundalk kept their foot down. Hoban had another effort disallowed for offside in injury time.