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Derry bag UCD victory

Derry City finally got their return to the Premier Division on track with a 2-0 win at UCD.

Having started the game at a blistering pace, Derry required Patrick McEleney's presence of mind to score the opening goal.

He took the ball on the edge of the Students' box before he turned to play a clipped ball inside for Stephen McLaughlin to finish. Some of the pace went out of the game after the break, but the slapdash defending didn't.

Eamon Zayed was gifted the ball at the edge of the UCD box, but could only bring a save from Ger Barron.

Derry themselves may well have been saved by referee Graham Kelly a bit later as McEleney's foul on Paul Corry was judged to be outside the box.

Gareth McGlynn had a gilt-edged chance to seal the game on 70 minutes but put his effort wide and Stewart Greacan then hit the post from a corner.

UCD almost equalised from a goalmouth scramble but Derry plundered a late goal as Daniel Lafferty made the game safe.