City fell to defeat as the champions came to town.
From a Michael Duffy cross, Sean Murray controlled with his chest and volleyed in to the low left corner of the net and that goal was the difference at the break.
In the second half, a high ball came into the box with Hoban getting to it first ahead of City’s goalkeeper, Peter Cherrie, who’s challenge knocked Hoban to the floor giving away a penalty.
Cherrie hurt his hand in the incident so Nathan Gartside was substituted on and his first action was to concede the penalty as Pat Hoban calmly dispatched it to double Dundalk’s lead.
City had some chances of their own as Ally Gilchrist managed to put the ball over from 2 yards out.
It wasn’t to be Derry’s night as the Dundalk shotstopper, Gary Rogers, made numerous saves from excellent City set pieces taken by either Barry McNamee or Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.
A tough night for the Candystripes but a marker on what they can aspire to.
Next up is another home game as Sligo visit the Brandywell on Friday 29th March.
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