Peter Hutton’s reign as Derry City manager began with a 2-0 away defeat against Cork City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at Turner’s Cross last night.
A Billy Dennehy penalty and a brilliant strike from Gearoid Morrissey gave the home side a half-time lead.
After an uneventful opening period the game came to life in the 14th minute when Shane McEleney, jumping for a high ball inside the Derry City box with Dennehy, sent the Cork winger tumbling, and referee Rob Rogers immediately called the foul and pointed to the spot which Dennehy converting firing llow and to the left of Gerard Doherty.
Barely had the dust settled when the home sidewent two up when Morrissey’s 25 yard low shot went in off the left hand post.
Derry started the second half brightly but it was Cork who almost extended their lead on 49 minutes, O’Sullivan’s header bouncing back off the bar.
Derry did create chances, first through through Ryan Curran whose shot was deflected behind before Pat McEleney wriggled past two defenders but McNulty capably dealt with his deft chip and then Ryan Curran crashed a volley Cork bar.
Cork City: Mark McNulty; John Dunleavy, Dan Murray, Darren Dennehy, Iarfhlaith Davoren; Brian Lenihan, Gearoid Morrissey, Colin Healy, Billy Dennehy; Liam Kearney (Garry Buckley 79); Mark O’Sullivan.
Subs not used: Matt Gledhill (gk), Ian Turner, John Kavanagh, Andy O’Connell, David O’Leary, Rob Lehane.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Shane McEleney (Tony McNamee 80), Cliff Byrne, Ryan McBride, Aaron Barry; Ryan Curran (Nathan Boyle 74), Barry Molloy, Danny Ventre, Barry McNamee, Michael Duffy; Pat McEleney.
Subs not used: Ciaran Gallagher (gk), Roddy Collins Jnr, Dean Jarvis, Cormac Burke, Mark Stewart.
Referee: Robert Rogers