A late strike from Bray Wanderers earned them the three points on a night of poignant reflection following the tragic death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.
The match was tentatively poised at 2-2 after the Candy Stripes fought back from a two goal deficient with strikes from Aaron McEneff (penalty) and Dean Jarvis.
But two minutes into injury time, Tom Clancy scored Wanderers third goal and three points – recording Derry’s first defeat of the season.
Earlier City Cubs released balloons to remember ‘Captain Courageous’ Ryan McBride, who proudly wore the No 5 jersey on the pitch, following his untimely death on Sunday, March 19 at his Brandywell home.
It was an emotionally charged night as it was the first game the Candy Stripes had played following Ryan’s sudden and unexplained death.
Players warmed up in shirts bearing ‘McBride 5′.
There was a minute’s applause for the club captain, who has been remembered as an inspirational leader and role model.
Goalkeeper Gerard Doherty took over the captaincy from Ryan.
Rory Patterson almost gave Derry the lead in the first minute but saw his shot hit the side netting.
Bray took the lead on 28 minutes with a curling goal from Gary McCabe and a minute before the interval Aaron Green grabbed a second.
And after Derry pulled two goals back in the second half, it looked like Kenny Shiels’ men could hold out for a point.
But on 92 minutes Clancy left Derry fans deflated when he scored the winner at Maginn Park.