Derry City remain in the hunt at the top of the Premier Division courtesy of a battling 2-1 win over Bohemians at the Brandywell.
The game was just eight minutes old when Derry City made the breakthrough and it was Patrick McEleney who rounded off a headline making week with the goal/.
Simon Madden was found in space on the right wing and his first time cross found the City winger, who controlled the ball just inside the penalty area before shooting, his volley taking a slight deflection as the ball flew past Dean Delaney into the net.
Buoyed by that, Derry continued to attack Bohs and Delaney was called into action to deny Patrick Kavanagh his first goal for Derry as he scrambled across his goal to keep pout the midfielder’s 25 yard effort.
Just seconds later however, Bohs could have levelled thanks to indecision from the returning Stewart Greacen who opted not to head clear a cross from Keith Buckley, and the ball bounced up for Kevin Devanney whose snapshot just bobbled wide of Gerard Doherty’s goal..
The visitors threatened an equaliser just past the half hour when Kevin Devanney crossed into the area where the ball fell for Moore, the winger’s snapshot taking a deflection on its way goalwards, but Gerard Doherty somehow got a hand on the ball to send it wide for a corner.
Nevertheless, the Gypsies were celebrating an equaliser just before half time as the Derry defence disappeared allowing Ryan McEvoy to set up Kevin Devanney who hooked into the net from close range.
A determined Derry restored their lead less than ten minutes after the restart however with Simon Madden again proving to be Bohemians’ undoing.
The defender got the better of Cioaran Nangle in an advanced position before crossing for Michael Rafter who got ahead of his man before he hooked the ball past Dean Delaney and into the net.
Derry should have ended the game as a contest late on but they failed to find the net again with substitute Sean Houston in particular, guilty of two bad misses. But they mattered little as Derry held on to keep the pressure on St. Patrick’s Athletic at the top of the table.
The two teams meet again on Monday in the last eight of the EA Sports League Cup quarterfinal with Bohemians hoping to build on a spirited display.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Stewart Greacan, Shane McEleney, Ruaidhri Higgins, Kevin Deery (capt), Mark Griffin, Patrick McEleney, Patrick Kavanagh, Michael Rafter, Simon Madden, Barry McNamee
Bohemians: Dean Delaney, Roberto Lopes, Keith Buckley, Shane Murray, Ryan McEvoy, Karl Moore, Dave Scully, Luke Byrne (capt), Kevin Devanney, Ciaran Nangle, Michael Barker