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10-man Longford made to suffer in Derry

The visitors were fortunate to only concede four at the Brandywell.

File photo: Rory Patterson celebrates with Dean Jarvis.
File photo: Rory Patterson celebrates with Dean Jarvis.
Image: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

Derry City 4

Longford Town 0

DERRY CITY RETURNED to winning ways in some style with a second half demolition of 10-man Longford Town at the Brandywell.

It was one-way traffic throughout and Aaron McEneff deservedly gave the Candystripes the lead from the penalty spot four minutes from the interval after Kevin O’Connor handled Nathan Boyle’s cross.

On the stroke of half-time, O’Connor was shown his second yellow card for a foul on McEneff in the middle of the park to put the game beyond the Midlanders who remain rooted to the bottom.

Derry’s Austrian midfielder, Lukas Schubert added a second three minutes after coming off the bench and he celebrated in front of his good friend, Austrian international, Stefan Ilsanker in the stands.

Barry McNamee then added a third from close range to celebrate the signing of his new contract extension before Rory Patterson made amends for his earlier penalty miss with a fourth City goal.

Rory Patterson celebrates his goal with Dean Jarvis File photo: Rory Patterson celebrates with Dean Jarvis. Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

Kenny Shiels was concerned his side’s lack of game-time in recent weeks would have an ill effect, but the home side started confidently. Ronan Curtis won the ball on the left wing on nine minutes and drove inside to find Conor McCormack. And the Louthman’s first-time strike needed to be pushed behind by the alert Ryan Coulter.

Curtis was causing problems on the left wing and when his deflected cross sat up nicely for McCormack on 24 minutes, the Derry midfielder’s volleyed shot from 12 yards was blocked superbly by new signing, Mvita Nkelu.

From the resultant short corner Aaron McEneff’s deflected shot needed to be headed off the line by Noel Haverty

Derry were pressing and McNamee was presented with a glorious chance on 34 minutes when he got onto the end of Dean Jarvis’ clever chip over the Longford defence but he put his shot narrowly over the bar.

Trip

The visitors were defending desperately but when Nathan Boyle’s cross from the edge of the penalty area was handled by Kevin O’Connor, the referee had no option but to point to the spot. With four minutes to go before the interval, McEneff confidently slotted the spotkick into the corner of the net. And it was to get worse for Longford and O’Connor who was shown a second yellow for tripping up McEneff inside the Derry half on the stroke of half-time.

Derry doubled their lead on 63 minutes when substitute, Schubert brought down McCormack’s searching pass with a sublime first touch before prodding the ball past the keeper and into the corner.

Schubert was brought down inside the penalty area by Pat Flynn on 72 minutes but Patterson blasted the spot kick over the bar.

Patterson’s audacious lob needed to be clawed out from underneath the bar by Coulter moments later, but McNamee had gambled and hit the back of the net with the rebound.

Patterson finally got in on the act with seven minutes to go when he out-muscled Mvita Nkelu and blasted past Coulter.

Derry City: G. Doherty; C. McDermott, N. Vemmelund, A. Barry, D. Jarvis; C. McCormack, A. McEneff; N. Boyle (L Schubert 60), B. McNamee (J. Allen 84), R. Curtis (J. Daniels 81); R. Patterson; Subs Not Used – S. Patton, P. McClean, R. Holden, K. Ward.

Longford Town: R. Coulter; K. Dillon (P. Gannon 68), N. Haverty, Y, Mvita Nkelu, P. Flynn; M. Hughes, K. Simon, K. O’Connor, C. Powell; L. Duffy (P. McGlynn h-t), E. Dsane (D. O’Sullivan 76); Subs Not Used – P. Skinner, J. Mulhall, T. Noack-Hofmann, R. Gorman.

Referee – Robert Harvey (Dublin).

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