Derry City eased past bottom side Galway Utd at Terryland Park last night with a comfortable 3-0 win with striker Eamon Zayed getting a brace for the Candystripes.
Derry,who came into the game second in the league table behind Sligo, dominated the early stages of the game and were unlucky not to have open the scoring within the first few minutes with Zayed in particular posing a huge threat to Galway.
The deadlock was broken however with 11 minutes of the game gone when some good play by Kevin Deery saw him brought down in the box by Bobby Ryan and a penalty was awarded to Derry.
Zayed, with 17 goals to his name this season, made it number 18 with a cooly taken spot kick that sent Derry on their way.
Galway did try to get back into the game but Derry seemed well in control of matters in the first half and they duly doubled their lead four minutes before half time. Some good play by Patrick McEleney gave him time and space in the Galway area. His smart footwork freed up space for Zayed who was on hand to bag his second of the game.
The second half was a closer affair but Derry made sure of the three points 15 minutes from time when Zayed turned provider as his pass set up McEleney to stroke the ball past Winn in the Galway goal.
Victory keeps Derry in the hunt for silverware come the end of the season while Galway’s horror season continues with a win of any description looking a remote prospect at this juncture.
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