Derry City 2-1 Shamrock Rovers - Candystripes close gap to two points

Declan Devine's side moved closer to league leaders Sligo Rovers with a convincing win over Shamrock Rovers, as Barry McNamee and Ryan McBride found the net
Derry City cut Sligo Rovers' lead at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division to two points, with Barry McNamee and Ryan McBride scoring for the Candystripes. Stephen Rice bagged a late consolation goal for the Hoops.
In a tight first half, with Rovers creating the clearest chances it was Derry City who had the first effort on goal. However Rory Patterson's free kick was tame and easily saved by Murphy. Shamrock Rovers had the better of the early exchanges as the sun set on a cool spring evening in the Brandywell. 
The main action came down Rover's left through ex City winger Billy Dennehy. He produced a good cross and had a wayward shot in the early stages. The Candystripes were dealt a blow when former Rovers player Patrick Kavangh had to be replaced by Patrick McEleney after just nine minutes. City's best chance of the first half was created down their right. Early sub McEleney and right back Simon Madden combined well but the cross was cut out. 
Rovers were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position shortly after the half hour mark. It was well worked to Ronan Finn whose shot from 25 yards out seemed to fool Gerard Doherty in the City goal. His palmed save was cleared by McCaffrey as Kilduff was looking to poke home. As the first half drew to an end Patterson found himself through on goal but Rovers captain Pat Sullivan slid in to block Patterson's shot. City's deep corner that followed nearly worked but McCaffrey couldn't connect with his his header. 
Derry City came out brighter in the second half. Attacking from the whistle they were rewarded when sub McEleneys's cross found Barry McNamee at the back post whose low header found the net. His effort wasn't strong but putting the ball back were it came left the goalkeeper with no chance. 
Rover's responded with a period of sustained pressure. James Chambers headed narrowly wide and Karl Sheppard had a shot that just missed the post. Gerard Doherty in the City goal was called into action saving low from a header and punching clear when under pressure from the resulting corner. Patterson had a chance down the other end when clear but shot wide of the post.

The chants of "Come on Rovers" grew loud from the travelling support but it was to be the City fans who were celebrating. A free kick was awarded near the corner flag and centre-half Ryan McBride met the ball in with a powerful header. Rovers rallied and forced Doherty into saves. Excellent play down the right created a chance for Sheppard but Doherty blocked the low shot.

Rovers got themselves back into the game from a corner. Substitute Stephen Rice met Doherty's punched clearance with a low drive into the corner on the 89th minute to provide a tense finale. Rovers thew everything at Doherty's goal in added time but could not find the equaliser.

Shamrock Rovers' undefeated run comes to an end, but the result sees the Candystripes close the gap on Sligo Rovers at the top of the table.