McEleney strike gives Derry City win over 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.