Derry enhance Euro claims with comfortable win

Derry enhance Euro claims with comfortable win

Derry City’s Jamie McGonigle was on the scoresheet again. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Derry City 3 Longford Town 0

Derry City strengthened their claims for a top four finish having put a youthful Longford Town to the sword at the Brandywell.

And with neighbours Finn Harps defeating Bohemians at Dalymount, it was a good night's work for Brandywell fans.

The scoreline accurately reflected the pattern of play as the basement side clearly struggled in defence having lost the battle in midfield.

Two goals to the good at half-time, followed by a third in the 80th minute, saw the Candystripes maintain their hopes of European football next season.

Ruaidhri Higgins side made their intentions known during the early stages when breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute.

Centre-back, Joseph Manley seemed to dwell when in possession and when the ball was poked clear into the path of the advancing Jamie McGonigle, the Derry striker produced a sublime finish.

McGonigle broke free on 28 minutes and when he found Will Fitzgerald inside the winger presented Akintunde with a gilt-edged chance. Unmarked and in no shortage of space, Akintunde actually passed the ball to the net from six yards.

Derry ended the game as a contest 10 minutes from the end following another quality move.

Sub Evan McLaughlin played a superb ball in behind the Longford defence and when Danny Lafferty let fly, Steacy produced a superb diving save, parrying the ball out before Junior met the loose ball and dinked it into the net.

DERRY CITY: Gartside; Boyce (Porter, 86), Toal, McJannet, Lafferty; Harkin (Storey, 86), Hery (McLaughlin, 65); Junior, Akintunde, Fitzgerald (Coll, 65), McGonigle (Malone, 73).

LONGFORD TOWN: Steacy; Elworthy, Manley, O'Driscoll, Zambra (Kirk, 74); Dervin, Nugent, Byrne (Dobbs, 74), Grimes (Davis, 82); Williams.

Referee: J. McLoughlin (Dublin).

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