Derry City got their 2012 League of Ireland campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Bohemians at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Bohemians had midfielder Adam Martin sent off after a ferocious challenge on Stephen McLaughlin just before half-time.
The Candy Stripes took the lead in the 49th minute when McLaughlin converted an astonishing pass from Simon Madden by heading past Bohemians ‘keeper Craig Sexton.
Derry enjoyed most of the possession and deserved to come away with all three points.
Next up for Derry is Linfield at Windsor Park in the first leg of their Setanta Cup quarter final on Monday March 5.
Man of the Match: Simon Madden (Derry City) – defended well and showed he has a penchant for deft passing and has astonishing pace. His cross for McLaughlin’s goal was sublime.
DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty; Dermot McCaffrey, Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Stewart Greacen; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Stephen McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney; David McDaid (Mark Farren 71 mins), Rory Patterson.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Ryan McBride, Matthew Crossan, Owen Morrison, Ryan Curran.
BOHEMIANS F.C.: Craig Sexton; Owen Heary, Derek Pender, Evan McMillen, Karl Moore; Keith Ward (Roberto Lopez 45 mins), Luke Byrne (John O’Connor 53 mins), Pete McMahon, Dinny Corcoran; Adam Martin, Danny Joyce (Dwaine Wilson 69 mins).
Subs not used: Kevin Feely, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor, Andy McNulty.
REFERE: Mr. Neil Doyle (Dublin).