Lightning strikes twice for Dundalk against Derry

Stephen Kenny’s side put four on Derry for the second time in 10 days

Derry’s Nathan Boyle is challenged by Dundalk’s Conor Clifford. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Derry’s Nathan Boyle is challenged by Dundalk’s Conor Clifford. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

 

Derry City 0 Dundalk 4

Dundalk produced yet another powerful performance when hitting Derry City with a second four-goal blast for the second time over the space of 10 days.

Having successfully negotiated their progression in the FAI Cup the previous weekend, Stephen Kenny’s men totally outplayed the ‘Candystripes’ at Maginn Park on Sunday, netting all four goals in a dominant first half showing.

Robbie Benson bagged a brace after he broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a delightful lob over Derry goalkeeper, Ger Doherty, having been played in by the lively John Mountney.

And within 90 seconds that lead was doubled when Patrick McEleney lofted a superb cross with the outside of his right boot, Dave McMillan meeting it to direct the ball across the body of Doherty and give him no chance.

Relentless

Dundalk were relentless in their efforts to push forward in search of further goals and that policy was rewarded in the 33rd minute.

Michael Duffy tested Doherty with a shot from outside the area and while the Derry ‘keeper managed to parry the effort, Benson was the first to react and lash the loose ball home for his second and Derry’s third.

Dundalk made it 4-0 in the 41st minute, ensuring there would be no way back for their frustrated hosts.

Michael Duffy worked the ball into the path of Dane Massey on the left and his powerful low drive was met on the full by Mountney who diverted it firmly into the net with his first touch.

Comfortable

Dundalk ‘keeper, Gary Rogers, made a comfortable save from Ronan Curtis in the 43rd minute which represented the home side’s first serious effort on goal.

Nathan Boyle, Aaron McEneff and Aaron Barry all failed to trouble Rogers with efforts in the second half, Dundalk content with their day’s work reducing Cork City’s lead on the summit to 14 points with just seven games remaining.

For Derry, the pressure to secure a place in the Europa League next season continues as Shamrock Rovers move to within two points of them following this defeat.

Derry City: Doherty; McDermott, Barry, Cole, Jarvis; Low, McEneff; Schubert (McIntyre, 58), McNamee, Curtis (Dolny, 72); Patterson (Boyle, 52).

Dundalk: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Vemmelund, Massey; Shields, Benson (Clifford, h/t); Mountney, McEleney (Kinsella, 76), Duffy; McMillan (Stewart, 72).

Referee: P McLaughlin (Monaghan).

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.