Cork City’s miserable start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Derry City in the Premier Division at the Brandywell.

It is now just one point from four games for Tommy Dunne’s team, after goals from Mark Farren and Stephen McLaughlin settled this game.

Farren opened the scoring three minutes into the second half when he netted from a Barry Molloy through ball, and McLaughlin doubled that lead three minutes later following an error from goalkeeper Mark McNulty.

After a slow start to the game, it was Derry who got on top and Patrick McEleney picked out Farren, who got in behind the Cork defence, lifting the ball over McNulty, only for Turner to clear the ball off the line.

City were well on top but it was Cork that came closest to taking the lead as an attack down the left wing saw John Dunleavy fizz a low ball across goal which was met by Horgan who slammed a shot past Doherty but onto the crossbar.

It was the visitors who finished the half on top and Gerard Doherty pulled off a terrific double save ten minutes before the break as Cork threatened again, denying Davin O'Neill and Horgan.

Farren wasted no time in the second half as he raced onto a superb through ball from Barry Molloy before drilling the ball low past McNulty to break the deadlock.

Then followed a moment to forget for Cork goalkeeper McNulty who raced out of his penalty area to collect an pass from Ruaidhri Higgins, only to miss the ball completely. The ball sat up perfectly for Stephen McLaughlin who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the net to make it 2-0 with just seven minutes of the second half played.

Cork City huffed and puffed after that but they lacked a cutting edge and the Candy Stripes saw the remainder of the game out comfortably.

Teams

Derry: Gerard Doherty, Simon Madden, Stewart Greacen, Ryan McBride, Dermot McCaffrey, Stephen McLaughlin (Brian McGrory 88’), Barry Molloy, Ruaidhri Higgins, Patrick McEleney (Matthew Crossan 76’), Owen Morrison (David McDaid 57’), Mark Farren.

Cork: Mark McNulty; Ian Turner, Gavin Kavanagh, Dan Murray, Danny Murphy; Daryl Horgan, John Dunleavy (Danny Morrisey 61’), Gearóid Morrissey, Shane O’Connor, Davin O’Neill (Tadgh Purcell 61’), Vinny Sullivan (Colin Healy 61’).

Referee: Rob Rogers.