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Lorcan Doherty Michael Duffy scored a brace for Derry this evening (file photo).
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Derry take full advantage of lacklustre Bohs display
Michael Duffy scored twice as his side turned on the style at the Brandywell.

Derry City 4 Bohemians 0

MICHAEL DUFFY CELEBRATED his birthday week in fine style as the winger netted a brace of goals as Derry City brought Bohemians crashing back down to earth at the Brandywell.

Duffy, who netted his first senior hat-trick against UCD last Sunday night, scored a superb double in the first half of this one-sided encounter.

Rory Patterson also got a brace of goals to take City’s goalscoring tally to 15 goals from their last three league games!

The win ended the Gypsies five-game unbeaten run in the league and moved the resurgent Candystripes into fifth place.

Both sides had chances in a lively opening to the game. Patterson tested Dean Delaney with a clever first-time flick from 12 yards, but the goalkeeper was alert to the danger and saved comfortably after eight minutes.

Three minutes later and Ger Doherty came to the rescue for the home lot as the dangerous Kevin Devaney’s low cross was sliced against the chest of the Derry keeper before being hoofed clear.

Duffy then found himself through on goal after McEleney’s nod on and the winger’s shot needed to be cleared off the line by Aidan Price.

Bohs were living dangerously and Patterson’s shot on the turn from 25 yards took a slight deflection off Price and went narrowly wide of Delaney’s right post.

From the resultant corner Patterson scuffed his shot towards goal and Dooley laid it back into the striker’s path and this time he made no mistake, rifling the ball into the roof of the net from 14 yards.

Derry winger, Duffy then doubled City’s advantage on the half-hour mark after exchanging passes with Barry McNamee on the edge of the area, before clinically finishing into the corner of the net.

And Duffy netted his second of the game just before the interval when he got on to the end of a sublime pass from Mark Timlin before coming inside and drilling the ball low into the bottom corner.

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City put the game to bed on 69 minutes as Patterson finished off an outstanding move from close range to take his season’s tally to 15 goals.

The home side were playing some terrific football and Molloy could have added a fifth when finding himself through on goal, but his effort was saved by the feet of Delaney.

Derry City: G. Doherty 7; M. Timlin 6, R. McBride 6, A. Barry 6, D. Ventre 8; S. Dooley 8 ( J. Tracey 6, 74), B. Molloy 7, B. McNamee 7, M. Duffy 8; P. McEleney 7 (P. Lowry 6, 41), R. Patterson 8 (R. Curran 6, 70); Subs Not Used – C. Gallagher, S. McEleney, S. Kelly, C. Byrne.

Bohemians: D. Delaney 6; A. Murphy 5, A Price 6, D. Byrne 6, D. Pender 6; K. Devaney 7, E. Wearen 6 (D. Mulcahy 6, 75), R. Lopes 6, P. Kavanagh 6; S. Beattie 6, D. Corcoran 6 (J. Byrne 6, 60); Subs Not Used – A. Shanahan, J. Memory, K. Moore, R. McEvoy, K. Buckley.

Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin)

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