Cork City picked up some much needed points this evening with a 2-0 win over Derry City at Turner’s Cross.
A Billy Dennehy penalty and Gearoid Morrissey strike inside the first fifteen minutes had the Leesiders in a comfortable position early on after some poor performances for the team recently. Indeed, Cork had lost their last two league games away to Dundalk and St. Patrick’s Athletic having started the season strongly and setting the pace for the others to match.
Derry had a new manager in the dugout for the first time in the form of Peter Hutton, a former City player who himself had made 600+ appearances for the Candystripes. Hutton had also been the team’s assistant manager to begin the season, and on two occasions in the past had also filled in as a caretaker manager when called upon.
Hutton had been handed the reigns earlier this week after the sacking of manager Roddy Collins after two wins in twelve league games. If the fans thought their fortunes would turn around instantly, they were to be proved wrong on this tepid performance from the team.
Derry did have their chances to get back into the game, a cracking Ryan Curran effort crashing against the bar as they looked to up the tempo in the second half. A brief stop in play after a nasty collision between teammates Darren Dennehy and Iarfhlaith Davoren allowed both teams to draw breath, with Cork then getting back to controlling matters.
From there it was mostly smooth sailing for City, with the game fizzling out as Derry failed to muster any sort of comeback as the clock wound down. The three points picked up by Cork stopping the slide and putting them back into the title mix early on in the campaign. Their game in hand could eventually put them back on top of the table with St. Pats only able to draw away to UCD this evening. They play next against Athlone Town away from home on May 30th.
For Derry however, this loss only compounded what has been a miserable season to date, as they slipped even further into mid-table obscurity. Their next game is at home to Drogheda United on May 23rd, in what already has become a must win game if the club hope to stop the rot and get moving in the right direction once again.