McEleney strike gives Derry City win over Athlone Town

Patrick McEleney scored Derry's winner away to Athlone Town

Derry City have moved up two places to sixth in the Premier Division table thanks to Sunday's narrow 1-0 victory away to bottom-placed Athlone Town.

Patrick McEleney scored the goal with a superbly-struck free-kick in the 19th minute from all of 35 yards.

Home keeper Paul Skinner managed to get a hand to the wonder strike but could not keep it out.

Athlone's best effort came when a header by Town's top scorer Philip Gorman struck an upright.

Keeper Gerard Doherty also made a good save from Sean Brennan.

Derry now turn their attention to Thursday's Europa League second leg visit to Welsh Premier outfit Aberystwyth Town.

The League of Ireland side lead 4-0 from last week's game at the Brandywell so are hot favourites to go through to play FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the second qualifying round.

Midfielder Philip Lowry, a substitute in the European game, made his first start for Derry following his recent move from Irish League side Linfield.