Derry roar on thanks to Rory
Bohemians 0 Derry City 1
New faces, but same old woes for Bohemians as even the arrival of Shane Supple, touted as the best keeper outside of League of Ireland circles before his move to Bohs last month, could not prevent a second successive defeat.
Derry City came to Dalymount Park and went home with a 1-0 win, that victory putting them only three points off second place, and Derry will watch with glee as European commitments for the top two of Dundalk and Cork City over the next few weeks cause them a domestic fixture backlog which can only aid Derry.
Aside from the aberration of a 5-0 loss to Dundalk, Derry are the form side of the league and if they carry on with their clean-sheets record (five in the last six games), City will be looking good for a European spot for next season.
Bohs boss Keith Long made five changes to the side which lost 3-1 to Shamrock Rovers a week earlier, with a first outing for keeper Supple and a full debut for defender Ian Morris. But City keeper Ger Doherty was left largely untroubled as Derry earned their win, secured with Rory Patterson's early goal.
The arrival off the bench of ex-Derry player Mark Quigley sparked some life into Bohs but, bar a lobbed effort from Quigley which Doherty saved, Bohs had little to offer.
The Bohs fans had barely settled into the game when Derry took the lead, just moments after a half-chance from Ismahil Akinade had almost gifted the home side a lead goal.
The Derry strike came from a well-worked move which offered Bohs numerous chances to intervene but the defence was wide open as Josh Daniels and Aaron McEneff combined and slid the ball in to Conor McCormack. His slide-rule pass fell straight at the feet of Patterson and the former Northern Ireland international doesn't waste opportunities like that.
Apart from picking the ball out of the goal, debutant keeper Supple had little to do in the game before and after that. On the half-hour mark, Lukas Schubert's move carved out an opening for Dean Jarvis but Dan Byrne was there to clear the danger.
At the other end, Akinade was a persistent bother to the City defence, yet they did their jobs and kept Ger Doherty's goal well protected.
Derry almost nicked a second goal before the break. Schubert, impressive for Derry since his move from his native Austria at the start of this season, found space on the right to cross in for Patterson and the striker got a free header, which Supple saved.
Bohs were brighter after the break, Aymen Ben Mohamed trying to carve out something while Morris went close in injury time, but better finishing from Derry - Conor McCormack had two great chances - could have seen them add to their lead and the night ended in frustration for home fans in a crowd of 1,177.
Also last night, Galway United managed to get back on track with their first win in five games, a 4-2 home defeat of Wexford Youths.
Shane Dunne gave Wexford a shock lead on 23 minutes but home side Galway responded, goals from Gary Shanahan and Vinny Faherty. A Ryan Connolly strike on the hour mark put Galway into a seemingly comfortable 3-1 lead but Youths came back, Andy Mulligan scoring on 85 minutes with Wexford down to 10 men, following Paul Murphy's dismissal. But Galway had time for another goal, Faherty again in injury time, to seal the win.