Derry City returned to winning ways yesterday afternoon as Kenny Shiels’ men put 4 past a struggling Sligo Rovers Side at Maginn Park.
Lukas Schubert, Ronan Curtis, Aaron McEneff and Rory Holden all got their names on the score sheet, to earn the Buncrana men all 3 points and their first win in 5. In a dominant display, the Candystripes equaled their biggest win of the campaign, matching the 4-0 win over Drogheda United in March.
Lukas Schubert headed the Candystripes in front on 31 minutes, while Ronan Curtis doubled their lead just past the hour mark. Aaron McEneff slotted home from the penalty spot on 74 minutes while 19 year old substitute Rory Holden fired home in the remaining minutes to get his first senior goal.
After an unproductive start to the game from both sides, it was the Birthday –boy Aaron McEneff who would first test Schlingermann on 7 and a half minutes, when the 22 year olds fizzing free kick effort was tipped over by the Sligo keeper. City almost took the lead on the half hour mark when a 10 yard volley from debutant Darren Cole, forced a fantastic save from Schlingermann in the Sligo goal.
The Candystripes eventually took the lead on 31 minutes after Aaron McEneff’s effort rebounded off Schlingermann, into the path of Lukas Schubert who headed home his second goal of the season. City began to mount pressure on the Sligo goal as the half drew to a close and minutes before half time Schlingermann was called into action once again, putting Rory Patterson’s 35 yard strike, wide of the goal with a smart save, as Derry led at the break.
City started the second half brightly after Rory Patterson sent a shot just wide of the Sligo goal in the opening minutes of the half. Derry should have doubled their lead on 50 minutes when Lukas Schubert sent a tasty cross into the box, only for Ronan Curtis’ powerful header to be pushed away by Schlingermann, who was to have a busy afternoon in the Sligo goal.
Kenny Shiels’ men continued to pressure the lacklustre Sligo defence and finally doubled their lead on 61 minutes when Ronan Curtis did well to control a ball from Nicky Low into the box and despite Schlingermann getting contact on the ball, Curtis did well to beat the Sligo keeper and drill home his 6th goal of the season.
Aaron McEneff was given the chance to put the game to bed on 74 minutes, after Kyle McFadden brought down Ben Doherty on the edge of the 6 yard box. McEneff did just that as the 22 year old stepped up to net his 8th goal of the season.
With Gerard Lyttle’s side now seemingly down and out and the final whistle nearing, 19 year old substitute Rory Holden offered a moment of pure brilliance on 85 minutes as the young teenager danced past 3 players in a superb solo run to fire home his first Derry City goal.
Derry City: G Doherty, Monaghan (Boyle HT), Cole, Jarvis, B Doherty; Schubert, McEneff, Low, Curtis (Daniels 80), McNamee (Holden 77); Patterson
Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; Sharkey (Armstrong HT), Leahy, McFadden, Donelon; Adebayo-Rowling, Boylan, McCabe (Kenny 77), Kearns; Cretaro; Ayunga (Place 64)