Derry City 1-0 Bohemians

Stephen McLaughlin
Stephen McLaughlin netted the only goal in a lacklustre affair

Derry made a winning start to their Airtricity Premier Division campaign with victory over 10-man Bohs.

City squandered two good chances in a poor first half with Stewart Greacen and Patrick McEleney heading wide.

The visitors had Adam Martin sent-off for a two-footed lunge on Stephen McLaughlin seconds before the break.

McLaughlin netted on 49 minutes with a backpost header from Simon Madden's cross before Derry keeper Gerard Doherty kept out Karl Moore's shot.

Bohemians dominated early possession but it was Derry who created the better openings at the Brandywell.

Bohs keeper Craig Sexton saved David McDaid's early strike before Greacen missed out at the backpost from a Dermot McCaffrey cross.

A defensive mix-up let in McEleney but the striker sent his header over Sexton and just wide.

Martin's dismissal gave City the edge and they capitalised when McLaughlin netted soon after the restart.

The Dubliners nearly levelled five minutes after the goal with Moore's strike stopped by Doherty's feet.

Candystripes midfielder Barry Molloy fired a 35-yard shot just over and while Derry failed to build on their lead, they easily held on for the two points.

Shamrock Rovers started their defence of the title with a 2-1 win at Drogheda United, UCD defeated Cork City 1-0 and St Pat's Athletic earned a 1-0 home win over Bray Wanderers.

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