Derry City slip back into relegation zone after 1-0 defeat to Sligo

Philip Lowry was sent off for Derry City
Philip Lowry was sent off for Derry City

Derry City slipped back into the relegation zone following Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers.

And while team boss Peter Hutton now faces a battle over the final eight games of the season, the Derry boss must also deal with disciplinary problems within his ranks.

In fact, hot the heels of Conor McCormack’s dismissal during the 2-0 defeat by Dundalk at the Brandywell on Friday night, Derry suffered another sending off in Sligo last night.

Former Linfield midfielder Philip Lowry was shown a red card following an off-the-ball incident with Sligo striker Rafa Cretaro midway through the second half with the Candystripes losing 1-0 at that stage.

Referee, Padraig Sutton, did not witness the incident but an alert fourth official brought the clash to his attention.

Derry fell behind to a Tim Clancy header following a corner in the 19th minute and, if the truth be told, Sligo were good value for that lead having bossed the opening period.

Mark Timlin went close to netting an equaliser as the game moved into the final 15 minutes, but it wasn’t to be.