Farren returns in style as Candystripes rout Galway

DERRY CITY put last week’s defeat by Shamrock Rovers behind them with a convincing victory over basement side, Galway, at the Brandywell last night.

And while the eventual scoreline does not adequately reflect Derry’s dominance, the Candystripes take another step towards Europa League football next season.

Now four points clear of St Patrick’s Athletic, who they face next Friday night at Inchicore, Stephen Kenny’s side bossed the ball and kept Galway on the back foot throughout. And, if the truth be told, they really could have doubled that scoreline but for the alertness of Galway keeper, Conor Winn.

Derry broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Patrick McEleney took full advantage of hesitancy in the Galway defence before gleefully guiding the ball into an unguarded net.

But Winn kept his side in the game, blocking goalbound efforts from Eamon Zayed (twice), McEleney and Kevin Deery, while David McDaid was very unlucky to see his chip strike the upright.

However, Derry doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when, following a Stephen McLaughlin corner, Danny Lafferty headed the ball firmly home.

Zayed found the net for his 22nd league goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 79th minute after Steven Walsh had handled.

But the biggest cheer of the night was heard in the 90th minute when Derry substitute, Mark Farren, who entered the fray six minutes earlier, netted with a cheeky back flick from close range. Farren who returned to training following brain surgery last December, celebrated his strike in style. The goal moves him to within four goals of Liam Coyle’s all-time Derry City record of 112 strikes.

DERRY CITY: G Doherty; R Harkin, S Greacen, S McEleney, D Lafferty; P McEleney, B Molloy, K Deery, S McLaughlin; D McDaid, E Zayed.

Subs: R McBride for S McEleney (ht), M Farren for P McEleney (84) J Henry for Deery (80).

GALWAY UNITED: C Winn; S Kelly, P Sinnott, E Browne, S Walsh; E Silvera, B Ryan, A Murphy, G Kelly, O Sibanda; R Caldwell.

Subs: R Gartlan for S Kelly (80), M Gilmour for Silvera (66), D Dougan for Caldwell (80).

Referee: T Connolly (Dublin).

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