Cork City secured a hard fought 1-0 success at Derry City at the Brandywell in what was a very disappointing encounter.

Darren Dennehy second half header was enough for John Caulfield's side to make the long trip home a lot easier with three points on board.

Neither side could play any type of football on the terrible Brandywell surface.

The Brandywell men started well and a clever through ball by Enda Curran would have released Rory Patterson through on goal but for a super last-ditch tackle by man-of-the-match Dan Murray.

Minutes later Patrick McEleney had a super strike easily gathered by Cork City net-minder Mark McNulty, as Roddy Collins' side started on the front foot.

Just after the mid-way point of the first half Dan Murray was inches away from giving his side the lead, but his header which had Derry keeper Gerard Doherty beaten, was cleared off the line by Barry Molloy.

McEleney then linked up with Patterson, but his low drive from just inside the box was saved by McNulty’s legs.

The deadlock was broken on 54 minutes when Billy Dennehy’s right wing free-kick was floated to the back post and a totally unmarked Darren Dennehy ghosted in at the back post to head home past Doherty.

Roddy Collins made a few substitutes and changed his formation on several occasions, but Cork net-minder McNulty didn’t have a single shot to save.

The only danger came from high hopeful crosses into the box, which the goalkeeper easily gathered.

At the other end Doherty in the Derry goals wasn’t called into action too much as the disappointing affair petered out.

Derry City: Doherty, Collins, Byrne, McBride (Jarvis H-T), Barry; Ventre, Molloy, P McEleney (Duffy 59); E Curran, Patterson, Stewart (S McEleney 76).

Cork City: McNulty, D Dennehy, Morrissey, Healy, Murphy, Murray, Lenihan, B Dennehy (O’Leary 87), O’Sullivan, Buckley, Kearney (Kavanagh 58).

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).