Derry City 4, Bohemians 0
PETER HUTTON’S rampant Derry City ran riot against Bohemians at Brandywell tonight to stretch their unbeaten league run to six games and move the in-form Candy Stripes into fifth place in the Airtricity Premier Division.
Michael Duffy continued his birthday celebrations, following up on his first senior hat-trick against UCD with a superb first half double before Rory Patterson took his season’s tally to 15 goals with a brace of strikes as the home side brought to an end Bohs’ run of five games without defeat.
The four goals at Brandywell brought City’s total to an impressive 15 from the last three league games.
At the start of the first half Patterson tested Dean Delaney with a clever first time flick from 12 yards but the goalkeeper was alert to the danger and saved comfortably after eight minutes.
Three minutes later and Gerard Doherty came to the rescue for the home lot as the dangerous Kevin Devaney’s low cross was sliced against the face of the Derry keeper before being hoofed clear.
Duffy then found himself through on goal after McEleney’s nod on and the winger’s shot needed to be cleared off the line by Aidan Price.
Bohs were living dangerously and Patterson’s shot on the turn from 25 yards took a slight deflection off Price and went narrowly wide of Delaney’s right post.
From the resultant corner Patterson scuffed his shot towards goal and Dooley laid it back into the striker’s path and this time he made no mistake, rifling the ball into the roof of the net from 14 yards.
Derry winger, Duffy then doubled City’s advantage on the half hour mark after exchanging passes with Barry McNamee on the edge of the area before clinically finishing into the corner of the net.
And Duffy netted his second of the game just before the interval when he got on to the end of a sublime pass from Mark Timlin before coming inside and drilling the ball low into the bottom corner.
City put the game to bed on 69 minutes as Patterson finished off an outstanding move from close range to take his season’s tally to 15 goals.
The home side were playing some terrific football and Molloy could have added a fifth when finding himself through on goal but his effort was saved by the feet of Delaney.
It was a convincing performance from Hutton’s troops and makes one wonder what this side could have achieved this season had he been in charge since the start.
Derry City: G. Doherty; M. Timlin, R. McBride, A. Barry, D. Ventre; S. Dooley (J. Tracey 74), B. Molloy, B. McNamee, M. Duffy; P. McEleney (P. Lowry 41), R. Patterson (R. Curran 70); Subs Not Used - C. Gallagher, S. McEleney, S. Kelly, C. Byrne.
Bohemians - D. Delaney; A. Murphy, A Price, D. Byrne, D. Pender; K. Devaney, E. Wearen (D. Mulcahy 75), R. Lopes, P. Kavanagh; S. Beattie, D. Corcoran (J. Byrne, 60); Subs Not Used - A. Shanahan, J. Memory, K. Moore, R. McEvoy, K. Buckley.
Referee - Ben Connolly (Dublin).