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Mark Farren remembered as 10-man Cork slip up against the Candystripes
Ronan Curtis scored the only goal of the game while Greg Bolger was handed his marching orders at the Brandywell.

Derry City 1
Cork City 0

RONAN CURTIS SCORED the winning goal against title contenders Cork City to get Derry City’s season up and running at Brandywell Stadium.

The St Johnston man slotted home past Mark McNulty after linking up with the superb Barry McNamee on 59 minutes as the Candystripes bounced back from their opening day defeat to Finn Harps.

Cork were then reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes remaining as Greg Bolger was shown a straight red card by referee, Derek Tomney for a rash foul on Curtis.

Cork were unchanged from the side which defeated Bohemians at Turner’s Cross last week but Curtis was one of two changes made by Kenny Shiels with Harry Monaghan also handed a start with Aaron McEneff and Jordan Allen both dropping to the bench.

There was a poignant tribute to the late Derry City great, Mark Farren prior to kick-off as West Brom winger James McClean presented Mark’s wife Terri-Louise with a commemorative No 18 shirt after it was retired by the club.

James McClean and Karen Pyne presenting the No 18 jersey to Terri-Louise Farren, Michael and Kathleen Farren Presseye / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO James McClean with Karen Pyne, Brandywell Pride Supporters Club presenting the jersey to Terri-Louise Farren. Presseye / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

And the estimated 2,500 attendance were on their feet on the 18th minute for a minute’s applause in memory of the club’s record goalscorer who sadly passed away last month.

The home side were gifted a glorious chance on 19 minutes when Cork defender, Alan Bennett passed the ball back to his keeper under pressure from Rory Patterson and Mark McNulty was penalised for lifting the ball.

The referee awarded an indirect free-kick six yards from the Cork goal but when Gareth McGlynn laid if off to Patterson, the striker drilled towards a body of Cork players and it deflected off the back of Bolger before McNulty cleaned it up.

Cork’s best chance arrived on 39 minutes when Sean Maguire raced down the left side of the penalty area and drilled the ball across the face of the Derry goalmouth but it had too much pace for the in-rushing Eoghan O’Connell at the back post.

Cork players on the line as they prepare for Derry's free kick inside the box Presseye / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO The Cork players on the line for an in-direct free-kick. Presseye / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO / Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

In the final minute of first half added time, Curtis did well to pressure Bolger off the ball in the middle of the park and the winger raced towards goal. He played Barry McNamee into play on the left but the Ramelton man sliced his shot into the side netting.

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Derry made an encouraging start to the second half and Conor McCormack’s powerful drive from 25 yards went narrowly over the crossbar two minutes after the restart.

The Candystripes broke the deadlock on 59 minutes when McNamee linked up superbly on the edge of the area with Curtis who raced into space before slotting clinically past McNulty.

And with 10 minutes to go Cork midfielder, Bolger was shown a straight red card for hacking down Curtis in the final third.

The 10 men of Cork tried in vain for the equaliser in the final stages but John Caulfield will be hugely disappointed his side’s only shot on target arrived deep into stoppage time when Eoghan O’Connoll headed tamely into the hands of Ger Doherty from Johnny Dunleavy’s free-kick.

DERRY CITY: G Doherty; N Vemmelund, R McBride, A Barry, D Jarvis; C McCormack; R Curtis, B McNamee, H Monaghan, G McGlynn (J Daniels 72); R Patterson.

CORK CITY: M McNulty; O’Connell, Bennett, Browne, Dunleavy; Bolger, Morrissey; Turner (Sheppard 62), Holohan (Beattie 53), Dooley (O’Sullivan 69); Maguire.

Man of the Match – Ronan Curtis

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