A Sammy Morrow hat-trick helped Derry City secure a fourth Eircom League of Ireland Cup in a row with a 6-1 defeat of battling but inexperienced Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park.

Derry turned in a fantastic opening 45 minutes as they set about retaining their stranglehold on this competition, while for Wexford Youths it was their first major final in only their second season in senior football.

Youths managed to contain the opposition during the opening phases of play, but they were finally were broken down when Niall McGinn played in Sammy Morrow and he finished clinically from 12 yards.

Following this initial breakthrough, Derry City played with pace and power. They added a second four minutes later, with McGinn this time finding the corner of the net from 12 yards.

Played in front of 3,500 spectators, Youths produced a piece of excellent attacking football to pull one back.

Conor Sinnott and Gavin Doyle linked up well and Doyle fired in a low cross that was finished superbly by 18-year-old Danny Furlong.

When it looked as if Wexford Youths had hauled themselves back into the game, they were hit for three goals before the break.

Kevin Deery crashed home a tremendous 35-yard shot on 27 minutes, while further strikes from Morrow and McGinn made it 5-1 at the interval.

Wexford Youths had a brief spell of pressure on the resumption with both Richie Fitzgerald and Conor Sinnott forcing saves out of 'keeper Gerard Doherty.

But it was the holders who added their sixth on 70 minutes when Morrow completed his hat-trick by heading home a Kevin Deery corner.

Wexford Youths: Doyle, Rossiter, Lawlor (Dempsey 45), Russell, Flynn-O'Connor, Kearney, Fitzgerald, Doyle, Sinnott (Miller 75), Furlong (Wallace 85), Malone.

Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, McChrystal, Delaney, Gray (Higgins 45) , Morrow, McHugh, McGlynn (Farren 72), Deery, Molloy, McGinn (Stewart 57) .

Referee: Richie Winter.