Will Patching sends his second half penalty past Ed McGinty. Pic by Eoin Noonan/ Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers 0
Derry City 1
A Will Patching penalty ensured a dream start for Ruaidhri Higgins in his first game in charge of the Candystripes.
The midfielder’s penalty, early in the second half, gave Derry their first win of the season, and it was a deserved victory against high-flying Sligo Rovers.
Despite the win Derry remain bottom as Wateford beat Longford 1-0 while Dundalk overcame Drogheda United 2-1 in the other games on Saturday evening.
Derry were composed and disciplined throughout the first half and controlled possession, leaving Sligo frustrated.
The second half exploded into life within five minutes of the restart, as Derry City were awarded a penalty. Cameron McJannett spread a 60-yard pass across the pitch to Will Fitzgerald on the right, and his direct running won his team a free kick on the right of the Sligo penalty area. Patching’s delivery caused something of a scramble before David Parkhouse was wiped out from the side, and referee John McLoughlin immediately pointed to the penalty spot.
Patching stepped up to take the spot-kick and he casually sent the ball past Ed McGinty into the corner to five Derry City the lead in a game for the first time this season.
Sligo could not break down Derry despite their efforts, and they only managed their first shot on target on 89 minutes when John Mahon’s weak effort was easily saved by Nathan Gartside.
SLIGO ROVERS: Edward McGinty, Colm Horgan, Robbie McCourt, Greg Bolger, Jordan Gibson (Darren Collins 79’), Niall Morahan (Lewis Banks 68’), John Mahon, David Cawley, Johnny Kenny (Ryan De Vries 79’), Garry Buckley, Romeo Parkes (Mark Byrne 68’).
DERRY CITY: Nathan Gartside, Ciaran Coll (Danny Lafferty 72’), Cameron McJannett, Eoin Toal, Ronan Boyce, Ciaron Harkin, Jack Malone (Joe Thomson 61’), Will Patching, Will Fitzgerald, James Akintunde, David Parkhouse (Brendan Barr 79’).
REFEREE: John McLoughlin.