Cliftonville 1 Derry City 4
City shook off their recent league troubles to coast to a 4-1 win over Cliftonville at Solitude last night.
The Reds started back with their opening friendly fixture last night and some rustiness was obvious from the home side, but it was an impressive performance from the visitors.
City opted to deploy a number of new and potential signings, with Aaron Splaine, Keenan O’Shea and Ally Roy amongst the new faces to feature for the Candystripes.
Dean Shiels and Dan Seaborne made their first appearance and joined Ben Fisk who had made his debut on Friday v Shamrock Rovers.
With a host of U-19s also named it was very much an experimental side for City in North Belfast.
The home side struck first with Donnelly but it was to be the visitors that bossed most of the rest of poceedings.
The movement offered by Roy and O’Shea gave City a different dimension to what we have seen recently, whilst Shiels and Fisk had plenty of time and space to play in the middle of the park.
City got back on level terms when Roy was fouled and Splaine finished the penalty.
Shiels showed his class when a great touch took defender and keeper out of the game as he finished well from a tight angle having beaten Neeson to the ball.
The home side had chances to level the game through Gormley and Curran in the second half but City made it three when Roy turned the ball home via the bottom of the post.
City made it four when Hale finished to wrap the game up on the night.
City move on to face Limerick on Friday seeking to get back into the hunt for a European spot and with the Europa League on their mind.
Photos thanks to AM Photography NI