Derry City were well beaten by Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park on Friday night.
Mick Cooke’s Drogheda took the lead in the first half when Ryan Brennan fired past Gerard Doherty.
Despite a few half chances Derry’s efforts were dealt a bitter blow when midfielder Barry Molloy was sent off after he received his second yellow of the game in the 75th minute.
The Drogs added insult to injury to Declan Devine’s men when Brian Gannon netted in the 88th minute.
Next up for Derry City is U.C.D. at the Brandywell on Friday April 6, kick-off 7.45p.m.
Drogheda United: Sava; Quigley, McNally, Prendergast, Grimes; Gannon, Crowley, R Brennan, G Brennan; S Brennan, Mulvenna.
Subs: D O’Brien for Mulvenna (82min), Breen for S Brennan (86min).
Derry City: Doherty; Madden, Greacen, McBride, McCaffrey; P McEleney, Higgins, Molloy, McLaughlin; Farren, Patterson.
Subs: S McEleney for McBride (25min), Deery for P McEleney (74min), Morrison for Higgins (74min).
Referee: G Kelly.