Derry City 2-0 Dundalk

Eddie McCallion and Gareth McGlynn
Gareth McGlynn (right) celebrates his goal with Eddie McCallion

Derry City maintained their promising start to the Airtricity League Premier League season as they defeated Dundalk at the Brandywell on Friday night.

Gareth McGlynn and Eamon Zayed missed early Derry chances before McGlynn fired the Candystripes ahead of 31 with a low shot which beat Peter Cherrie.

Zayed doubled Derry's lead four minutes later after a Danny Lafferty cross.

Dundalk threatened more after the break as Derry became more defensive and Jason Byrne missed a great late chance.

Derry's win moved them up to second place in the table and they are now only two points behind Shamrock Rovers after the leaders were beaten 1-0 by Bray Wanderers on Friday evening.

At the Brandywell, Ruaidhri Higgins went close for Derry early on after playing a delightful one-two with the impressive Patrick McEleney.

McGlynn should have fired Derry ahead in the 14th minute but he blasted over the top after a superb defence splitting pass from Zayed.

However, McGlynn struck Derry into the lead in the 31st minute with a low shot which keeper Peter Cherrie probably should have saved after McEleney had run at the heart of the Dundalk defence.

Within four minutes, Derry had doubled their lead with Lafferty's cross eventually finding its way to Zayed who dived in to prod past Cherrie.

Both keepers made good saves before the break with Cherrie saving a curling McGlynn shot and Gerard Doherty blocking a fierce Ross Gaynor shot at the other end.

McGlynn hit the woodwork with an attempted cross after the break but Derry lost their way somewhat in the remainder of the contest.

Lafferty had to put in a brave block to stop a Jason Byrne header while Dean Bennett also fired straight good chance straight at Doherty.

Dundalk should have pulled a goal back with three minutes left but Mark Quigley fired inches wide after a Byrne lay-off.

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