An Aaron McEneff brace ensured Derry City got back to winning ways in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
The talented midfielder scored late in both halves as Kenny Shiels' men did enough to see off a battling Bray Wanderers side.
City should have taken the lead on nine minutes after Jack Doyle's left wing cross found an unmarked Rory Patterson, but the striker headed over.Soon after Wanderers had a half chance but Ronan Coughlan headed over when well placed inside the Derry penalty box.
On 22 minutes Wanderers were denied by the woodwork after a goalkeeping error when Doherty loss possession to Daniel Kelly, but from a astute angle the winger's effort towards goal hit the post.
Derry took the lead on 37 minutes from the penalty spot as McEneff fired home his 10th goal of the season, after Cory Galvin had upended Jamie McDonagh inside the box.On 43 minutes Wanderers' Darragh Gibbons saw his 25 yard strike flash just over the crossbar.
Right on the stroke of half-time Ronan Curtis saw his close range header was straight at Moran.
FT' Derry City 2 Bray Wanderers 0— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) May 21, 2018
City get back to winning ways with a goal in either half. It wasn't the prettiest, but a solid three points and City back into fourth place.
The visitors had strong claims for a penalty early in the second half after Eoin Toal looked as though he had bundled Kelly to the ground inside the box, but referee Tomas Connolly waved away their protests.
With their tails up Wanderers should have equalised on 54 minutes when the dangerous Kelly easily broke through a few challenges but saw his close range strike well parried away by a diving Doherty.
Just after the hour mark a McEneff's right wing free-kick deep to the back post, found Curtis, but his powerful header was saved by Moran. On 75 minutes Derry went close to scoring a second but McEneff's drive from just inside the box was easily gathered by Moran. Soon after Galvin went close to levelling things but his 20 yard effort had to be pushed around his right hand post by Doherty.
Eight minutes from time the woodwork saved Moran's blushes as McDonagh's free-kick from just inside his own half, sailed over the back tracking Wanderers keeper and hit the post.
Moments later Derry sealed the points after a neat finish by McEneff, the midfielder did well to win possession on the edge of the box, before his coolly side footed home past the despairing dive of Moran.
Derry City: G Doherty, McDonagh, Peers, Toal, Doyle; McDermott (Farren 90), Rory Hale, McEneff; Ronan Hale (Delap 70), Patterson, Curtis.
Bray Wanderers: Moran, Lynch, Heaney, O'Conor, Galvin, Hayes, Gibbon (Rogers 90), McKenna, Kelly, Coughlan (Pender 81), McCabe (McGovern HT).
Referee: Tomas Connolly (Dublin).
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