Derry City beat Cork City 2-0 at the Brandywell on Friday evening.
Mark Farren scored his first goal of the season in the second half and winger Stephen McLaughlin slotted the ball into an open net when Cork City ‘keeper Mark McNulty made a mistake that he will certainly want to forget.
Declan Devine’s men certainly deserved to win the game and on another night the score line could have been much more.
The Candy Stripes thought they had taken the lead in the 18th minute when Stephen McLaughlin headed a Simon Madden cross past McNulty.
However, the goal was immediately ruled out after the referee signalled that McLaughlin had fouled Cork defender Ian Turner in the build up.
Cork had a few half chances but were not consistent.
Derry on the other hand looked the more accomplished of the two teams and with four games played in the 2012 Airtricity Premier Division Derry have taken nine of a possible 12 points on offer.
Next up for Declan Devine’s men is Drogheda United in Hunky Dory’s Park next Friday, kick-off 7.45pm.
DERRY CITY: (4-2-3-1) Gerard Doherty; Dermot McCaffery, Simon Madden, Stewart Greacen, Simon Madden; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Stephen McLaughlin (Brian McGroary 88 mins), Owen Morrison (David McDaid 57 mins), Patrick McEleney (Matthew Crossan 76 mins); Mark Farren.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Eddie McCallion, Shane McEleney, Barry McNamee.
CORK CITY: (4-4-2) Mark McNulty; Ian Turner, Danny Murphy, Gavin Kavanagh, Gearoid Morrisey; Davin O’Neill (Tadhg Purcell 61 mins), Vinny Sullivan (Danny Morrisey 61 mins), Shane O’Connor (Colin Healy 61 mins), John Dunleavy; Dan Murray, Daryl Horgan.
Subs not used: Kalen Spilland, Cathal Lordan, Jamie Murph, Kevin Burns.
REFEREE: Mr. Rob Rogers (Dublin).