DERRY CITY 3, MALAHIDE UNITED 0
MALAHIDE United may have frustrated Derry City during the opening half at the Brandywell, but two goals within the space of 60 secondds settled the issue in the second half.
Despite having dominated the possession during the opening period, the home side struggled in front of goal, having smashed shots off the woodwork on several occasions.
Michael Duffy, Stephen Dooley, Rory Patterson and Philip Lowry all spurned glorious chances during the opening period, frustrating the home attendance, but Derry finally grabbed the breakthrough they deserved in the 53rd minute.
Patrick McEleney crashed home a shot from 35 yards, his effort cannoning off the upright on its way to the net.
And 60 seconds later it was 2-0 when Michael Duffy hammered the ball home giving lively keeper, Brian Kane no chance with a shot from an acute angle.
In the 73rd minute Malahide were punished for failing to clear their lines when Philip Lowry smashed the ball into the net and Malahide heads began to drop.
Derry City - Doherty; Molloy, McBride, Barry, Timlin; Dooley, Lowry, McNamee (Houston, 78), Duffy (Tracey, 78); P. McEleney, Patterson (Curran, 71).
Malahide United - Kane; Daley (Kinsella, 84), Cronin, Whelan, Dooney; McArdle; Timmons, Craven (Vickers 76), Scott, McGinty, Morley (Mahon, 68); Scott.
Referee - R. Rogers (Dublin).