McLaughlin secures Derry win

Derry City recorded their first victory at the Brandywell since May 21 following their deserved win over Bohemians last night.

But the Candystripes had to wait until five minutes before the end to guarantee full points, Bohs always in the match as the home side led 1-0 from the 27th minute.

Derry bossed the ball for lengthy spells with Bohs opting to sit deep and break at pace on the counter-attack. But the visitors failed to seriously test Gerard Doherty during the opening period.

Derry’s determined efforts were deservedly rewarded in the 27th minute when they broke the deadlock.

Following a Simon Madden corner, the Bohs defence failed to adequately clear and alert striker, Murphy, swivelled sharply before driving a low shot to the net from 18 yards, his first goal for Derry.

The Brandywell side continued to dominate after the break but they failed to kill of the match until the five minutes from the end.

Derry broke from the half-way line and when Molloy received possession, he played the perfect pass square into the unmarked McLaughlin who drove the ball home past the advancing McNulty.

DERRY CITY: Doherty; Madden, McBride (S. McEleney, 84), Greacen, McCaffrey; Morrison, Molloy, Higgins, McLaughlin; Farren (McDaid, 70), Murphy (McEleney, 70).

BOHEMIANS: McNulty; Pender, McMillan, Feely, Barker; Buckley, Traynor (O’Connor, 66), Mulcahy, McEvoy, Mulligan (Wilson, 60); Carr.

Referee: N. Doyle (Dublin).


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