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Derry City 5-0 Bray Wanderers

Updated: Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 18:58 | Comments

Rory Patterson notched a brace for Derry as he continues on a rich vein of form
Rory Patterson notched a brace for Derry as he continues on a rich vein of form

Derry City made it four wins in-a-row as they defeated Bray Wanderers 5-0 at The Brandywell.

A brace apiece from Patrick McEleney and Rory Patterson and Stephen Dooley’s debut goal saw the Candystripes maintain their scoring form.

It ends a brilliant week for Derry after progression to the second round of Europa League qualifying was secured on Thursday.

Peter Hutton’s side took the lead in sublime fashion thanks to another Patrick McEleney wonder strike.

McEleney was afforded some time and space some 30 yards from goal and that’s all he needed as his wonderful strike gave Wanderers goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness no chance.

The visitors had a chance to level things them with a long range effort, but Graham Kelly’s shot was kept out by a full stretched Gerard Doherty.

Derry added a second on 32 minutes when Rory Patterson super pass released McEleney and he showed some great composure and skill to firstly control the ball and then lifted the ball over McGuinness from just inside the box.

The visitors had a chance to pull one back when Jake Kelly’s left wing corner found an unmarked Niall Cooney, but the defender’s header from close range failed to trouble Doherty.

Right on the stroke of half-time Patterson went close to adding a third but his free-kick from 20 yards was kept out by McGuinness.

McGuinness denied Derry added a third on 61 minutes after some super play by Mark Timlin and McEleney ended with Patterson’s side footing home from close range.

Patterson added his second on 71 minutes turning the ball home from close range after Wanderers failed to clear Barry McNamee’s left wing corner.

Both Patterson and McEleney had chances in the closing stages to complete their hat-trick’s but they were unable to score again, while recent signing Philip Lowry also had a chance to score.

But in the closing minutes Dooley marked his debut with a goal firing home close range after Wanderers not for the first time in the game failed to clear properly.

Derry City: Doherty, Ventre, S McEleney, Barry, Jarvis (Lowry 55); Molloy, B McNamee; Duffy (Tracey 71), P McEleney, Timlin (Dooley 71); Patterson.

Bray Wanderers: McGuinness, Cooney, Cassidy, O’Neill (McDonagh 60), Akinade (Hurley 75), O’Connor, Zambra, Scully, Curran (Coombes 60), Kelly.

Referee: Mr Paul Tuite (Dublin).

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