Lavine halts Derry's run


A lively Galway United brought Derry City crashing back to earth at the Brandywell yesterday, a superb Eric Lavine strike stopping the home side moving onto the Premier Division summit.

Derry can have no complaints at this defeat, Galway always the more dangerous as Don O'Riordan's youngsters continue to build on their positive start to the season.

Before an attendance of over 4,000 Galway refused to be intimidated by the home support as they took the game to Derry.

Derry could do little about Eric Lavine's quality strike in the 38th minute, a goal which boosted the confidence levels of the visitors. Following a Colin Fortune free on the left, the ball deflected off Paddy McLaughlin and when it broke into Lavine's path, the striker skilfully curled it into the top corner from 20 yards.

Derry City: Connolly, McCallion, Hargan, Hutton, Patrick McLaughlin, Doherty, Paddy McLaughlin, Hegarty, Coyle, Beckett, McCready. Subs: Parkhouse for Coyle (halftime), Quigley for Hegarty and McCaul for Patrick McLaughlin (both 50 mins.)

Galway United: Forde, Keady, Morgan, O'Connor, Foley, Fortune, Sheridan, Crossley, Lavine, Keogh, Ryan. Subs: Murphy for Foley (75 mins.).

Referee: Pat Whelan (Dublin).