League of Ireland: Derry City 0-2 Galway Utd

Galway's Colm Horgan challenges City midfielder Joshua Daniels
Galway's Colm Horgan challenges City midfielder Joshua Daniels

Goals from Padraic Cunningham and Jake Keegan gave Galway a Premier Division victory over Derry at the Brandywell.

Cunningham pounced on a mistake from goalkeeper Gerard Doherty to fire the visitors ahead on 23 minutes.

Keegan headed in three minutes later to double the lead while Derry failed to capitalise on second-half pressure.

Galway move a point behind seventh-placed Derry, who ended with striker Anthony Elding in nets after Doherty and Shaun Patton were forced off.

Derry almost netted in the first minute when Philip Lowry saw his shot cleared off the line.

Ryan Connolly hit the side-netting before his corner resulted in the opening goal.

Doherty failed to collect and the loose ball was slotted into the net by a grateful Cunningham.

It was soon 2-0 with Keegan beating the offside trap and his impressive header from Connolly's floated free-kick gave Doherty no chance.

Connolly struck the Candystripes bar direct from a corner before Doherty, who was a doubt for game with a back injury, was replaced by Patton on 35 minutes.

Derry dominated the early stages of the second half but they could find no way past Galway keeper Conor Gleeson.

Cillian Morrison delivered a powerful shot but it was straight at Gleeson before Mark Timlin blasted over and Barry McNamee fired wide.

Patton was replaced by Elding on 67 minutes after he was injured in a collision with United's Gary Shanahan, who was stretchered off.

Elding made a superb save to deny Cunningham before Timlin wasted a good opening by sending his close-range header straight at Gleeson.