A GREAT performance tonight by Derry City has helped them consolidate their third placed position in the Airtricity Premier Division.
The 2-0 away win against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght, Dublin (kick off 8 pm) has helped the Brandywell side take a huge step towards European football next season.
Rovers were the better side for much of the game but never really created any clear-cut chances.
Derry, who were missing midfielder Nicky Low through suspension, were clinical when they were given a sight of the goal.
On 67 minutes Aaron McEneff gave the visitors the lead after much possession by Rovers.
The move started as a result of poor defending by Rovers who fell asleep and left McEneff free in midfield.
He carried the ball forward unchallenged before unleashing a perfectly placed shot which whistled into the bottom left corner. 1- to City!
The home side continued to press forward desperate for an equaliser as the clock ticked down to 90 minutes.
And Clarke delivered a tempting cross which is met by Shaw but he reacted late to it and could only deflect the ball onto the Derry post.
Was that to have been Rovers last chance?
The Hoops threw caution to the wind in the dying minutes of the game after winning a corner on the left with Tomer Chencinski charging forward.
The delivery wasn’t great however and Chencinski was caught out of position.
Derry quickly broke up the pitch and Barry McNamee held his nerve to make sure of the three points.
As cool as a cucumber, after catching Rovers goalkeeper out of position. he fired into the empty net from just inside the Rovers half.
A minute later the referee blew the final whistle.
It was a good all round performance by the Candy Stripes which will make the journey home to Derry tonight that much more sweeter and relaxing.