Peter Hutton enjoyed his first win as Derry boss. Donall Farmer/INPHO
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Derry City 2-0 Drogheda

PETER HUTTON GOT his Derry City managerial career off the mark at Brandywell as he guided his side to an impressive victory over Drogheda United to end a run of six league games without a win.

A terrific first half volley from Michael Duffy gave the home lot the impetus and Rory Patterson, who made his return from suspension, bundled in a second goal in the second half as City secured a much needed win.

Drogheda, still feeling the effects from their midweek demolition against Dundalk in the Louth derby, did have their chances but Derry did just enough to end a two game losing streak which had them lurking perilously close to the bottom of the table. It was the first time since their 3-2 win over Athlone Town in early April that Derry had scored more than one single goal and they were well worth the win.

Hutton made two changes from the team which started the defeat to Cork with Rory Patterson returning from suspension while Dean Jarvis replaced suspended skipper, Cliff Byrne. Drogheda, fresh from a 7-0 demolition against Dundalk in the Louth derby midweek, were without suspended duo, Eric Foley and Gavin Brennan.

Michael Duffy and Karl Moore Michael Duffy scored an excellent goal for the Candystripes. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

The home side carved open an excellent chance after just six minutes as Patrick McEleney lofted his cross to the back post where Duffy was lurking dangerously but the winger screwed his shot harmlessly wide. Drogheda came close to opening the scoring one minute later when Gavan Holohan let fly with a powerful first time effort from distance and it skimmed wide of Doherty’s left post.

City found the net in stunning fashion on 22 minutes when the impressive Barry McNamee’s inch perfect cross towards the far post was struck sweetly across goal on the volley by Duffy and the ball nestled into the bottom corner – his third goal of the campaign.

Sean O’Connor’s long range strike had to be tipped over the crossbar by the alert Doherty shortly afterwards.The visitors had their chances too and Gary O’Neill almost capitalised from a mis-placed Danny Ventre pass but the strike blasted his shot the wrong side of the upright,

Patterson could have given Derry a comfortable lead at the break when put through on goal by McNamee but his shot was saved by the advancing David Ryan. The forward came close to doubling his side’s lead two minutes after the restart when he latched onto a McNamee pass and cut inside onto his right foot but his shot went wide.

Drogheda skipper, Paul Crowley came so close to netting an equaliser when his deflected shot from the edge of the area trickled wide with Doherty rooted to the spot. Patterson gave the home lot a two goal cushion when he bundled in from close range on 65 minutes.

Patrick McEleney showed tremendous pace and power to get past his man before finding the striker at the back post,with a pinpoint cross and Patterson’s first time shot crept under the body of Ryan. Derry were denied a genuine penalty shout 12 minutes before the end as Drogheda captain, Crowley appeared to impede Patterson inside the area but referee, Derek Tomney waved ‘play on’.

DERRY CITY: G. Doherty; S. McEleney, R. McBride, A. Barry, D. Jarvis; P. McEleney (R. Curran, 90), B. McNamee, D. Ventre, B. Molloy, M. Duffy; R. Patterson.

Subs Not Used: C. Gallagher, R. Collins, E. Curran, T. McNamee, R. Foy, N. Boyle.

DROGHEDA: D. Ryan; M. Daly, A. McNally, C. McGuigan, S. Grimes; C. Walshe; C. Walshe (C. Brady 54), G. Holohan (D. O’Brien h-t), D. Doyle, P. Crowley; G. O’Neill (P. Hughes 80).

Subs Not Used: D. Connelly, P. Andrews, D. Mahon, D. Harding.

Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin).

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