Sligo Rovers 4-1 Derry City

Ryan McBride puts the ball into his own net in the first half against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night. Photo: James Crombie
Ryan McBride puts the ball into his own net in the first half against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night. Photo: James Crombie
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Derry City were beaten 4-1 by Premier Division leaders Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.

The loss to Sligo is Derry’s fifth league defeat in a row and is surely to put even more pressure on already under fire boss Declan Devine.

Ian Baraclough’s men took the lead in the 14th minute when Derry City defender Ryan McBride put the ball into his net and the home team doubled their lead in the 35th minute when forward Raffaele Cretaro guided the ball past Derry goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

Things went from utterly awful to down right painful for Declan Devine’s team when Cretaro added a third in the 57th minute and despite a consolation goal from Derry striker David McDaid in the 69th minute, Sligo scored a fourth when Lee Lynch found the net the 76th minute.

Derry were totally outplayed and there could be argument over who was the better team on the night.

The 4-1 defeat to Sligo is Derry’s latest disappointing result and with a league game against Dundalk at the Brandywell on Tuesday and next week’s FAI Cup semi-final with Shelbourne approaching fast the Candy Stripes will have to improve significantly if they are to salvage anything from what has become an extremely disconcerting season.

Next up for Derry City is a league match with Dundalk at the Brandywell on Tuesday October 2, kick-off 7.45pm

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Seamus Conneely, Jason McGuinness, Gavin Peers, Ross Gaynor, Pascal Millien, Lee Lynch (David Cawley 80), Joseph Ndo, Danny Ventre, Raffaele Cretaro (Ryan Connolly 80), Mark Quigley (Liam Buchanan 68)

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Simon Madden, Stewart Greacen (Shane McEleney 74), Ryan McBride, Dermot McCaffrey, Patrick McEleney (Conor Murphy 64), Ruaidhri Higgins, Kevin Deery, Barry McNamee, David McDaid, Mark Farren

Referee: Paul Tuite

Attendance: 4.083