Derry City moved into second in the Airtricity League Premier Division with a 1-0 win over Shelbourne in Tolka Park tonight.
A second half strike from youngster Michael Duffy was to be the difference between the two teams but the Candy Stripes would be well within their rights to be disappointed at not scoring more.
Derry City started off the game on the offensive when Patrick McEleney fired wide of the goal in the second minute.
Mark Leech and Robert Bayly linked up well for Shelbourne in the sixth minute but despite finding space Bayly hit his shot wide.
The Dubliners had an unbelievable chance to take the lead in the 12th minute but somehow forward Dean Kelly sent his effort wide.
Leech broke clear on the right before playing a neat pass to Bayly who managed to get the ball to Kelly who was only yards from goal but the former Oldham Athletic couldn’t hit the target.
Derry striker Rory Patterson could have had a penalty in the 20th minute when he looked to have been tripped inside the area but referee Derek Tomney waved for play to continue.
Derry youngster Michael Duffy hit the post with a long range effort in the 44th minute.
Declan Devine’s Candy Stripes started the second half tremendously well.
They exerted considerable pressure on to Shelbourne and their hard work paid off when they took the lead in the 64th minute.
Michael Duffy collected the ball from team mate Patterson before beating Pat Flynn and neatly finishing past Burdon.
Shelbourne had a great chance to equalise in the 86th minute when Pat Flynn found Dean Kelly inside the area; Kelly connected well with the ball at the back post but Derry defender Ryan McBride was quick to react and cleared the ball off the line.
Second half substitute Marc Griffin should have doubled Derry’s lead in the 87th minute when he went past Memery and Burdon; Griffin virtually had the entire goal to aim at but somehow fired wide.
Niall Burdon saved a Michael Duffy shot in the dying minutes but Derry had done enough and emerged from Tolka Park with three valuable points.
SHELBOURNE: Niall Burdon; Pat Flynn, Graham Gartland, Jack Memery, Ian Ryan; Robert Bayly (Glen Cronin 45 mins), Sean Brennan, Adam Hanlon (Darren Tinnelly 69 mins), Stephen Hurley; Dean Kelly, Mark Leech (Philip Hughes 72 mins).
Subs not used: Ger Hanley, Adam O’Connor, Stephen Sheerin, Brian Shorthall.
DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty; Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride, Simon Madden, Michael Duffy; Barry McNamee, Patrick McEleney, Paddy Kavanagh (Marc Griffin 84 mins), Ruaidhri Higgins, Kevin Deery (Sean Houston ; Rory Patterson.
Subs not used: Stewart Greacen, James Gallagher, Raymond Foy, Ryan Curran.
REFEREE: Mr. Derek Tomney.