Derry City suffered a third successive defeat when beaten one-nil by Drogheda United in their SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash at United Park last night.
In a game of few chances, Cathal Brady’s second half strike proved decisive as City failed to find the back of the net for a third game in a row.
With hopes of league success gone and with one eye on this Friday’s FAI Cup clash against Malahide, manager Peter Hutton made six changes to City’s starting line-up from that which took to the field for last Friday’s home reversal against Cork City at Brandywell.
The home side took the lead in the 56th minute when Carl Walshe dribbled past full-back Shaun Kelly before putting in a cross which Brady volleyed past a helpless Gerard Doherty for the winger’s second goal in four games.
Drogheda United: Micheál Schlingermann, Shane Grimes, Alan McNally, Ciarán McGuigan, Daire Doyle, Peter McGlynn, Mick Daly, Garreth Brady (Paul Crowley 83), Cathal Brady (Paul Andrews 90), Carl Walshe, Gary O’Neill (Declan O’Brien 87).
Unused: Roy Kierans, Dylan Connolly, Sean O’Connor, Ciaran O’Connor.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Shane McEleney, Shaun Kelly, Dean Jarvis, Cliff Byrne (Barry McNamee 74), Joshua Tracey, Mark Timlin (Stephen Dooley 61), Barry Molloy, Philip Lowry, Nathan Boyle (Patrick McEleney 46), Rory Patterson.
Unused substitutes: Seán Houston, Ciaran Gallagher, Ryan Curran, Aaron Barry.
Booked: Patterson (60), Dooley (67), Jarvis (78), S McEleney (90).
Referee: Sean Grant