Derry City easily secured European qualification for next season, with a comfortable win over North West neighbours Finn Harps.

Winger Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe capped a stunning debut campaign in the League of Ireland by sealing the Golden Boot. His hat-trick at home saw him finish with 14 league goals, one ahead of Dundalk's leading marksman Pat Hoban.

Knowing they only needed a point to secure Europa League football for next season, the home side took the lead on 15 minutes after an inch perfect pass by Barry McNamee found Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, who blasted home from close range. 

Minutes later, another quick counter-attack by the Brandywell men created another chance, as McNamee’s cut-back found David Parkhouse, but the big striker’s drive from just inside the box was superbly blocked by a sliding Colm Deasy. Derry did double their lead on 23 minutes as Harps failed to clear McNamee’s right wing inswinging corner and Ogedi-Uzokwe was alert to divert home his 13th league goal of the season.

Harps had the brighter start in the second half and they went close to pulling a goal back on 47 minutes but Liam Walsh’s header was easily gathered by City keeper Peter Cherrie.

The visitors went close again soon after as McNamee’s clever through ball released Colm Deasy, but the right-back, who had ghosted in behind the City defence, was denied by Grant Gillespie.

Ogedi-Uzokwe completed his hat-trick with a super left footed strike from just inside the box, after Jamie McDonagh’s cross field pass had picked out the winger.

Derry added a fourth on 78 minutes as Ciaran Coll’s left wing cross found fellow full-back Gillespie on the edge of the box and the Scot’s man’s left footed strike from the edge of the box flew past Bell.

Derry City: Cherrie, Gillespie, Toal (McChrystal 75), Gilchrist, Coll; Harkin, Sloggett, McNamee (McCrudden 79); McDonagh (Delap 69), Parkhouse, Ogedi-Uzokwe.

Finn Harps: Bell, Deasy, O’Reilly, Cowan (Smith HT), Sh Doherty (J Doherty 79), Place, Walsh, St Doherty, McNamee (Coyle 67); Farren, Logue.

Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin).