Hoops make Derry pay penalty
Derry City 0 Shamrock Rovers 2
It was a tale of two penalties at the Brandywell as Shamrock Rovers came away with all three points on a disappointing night for Derry City.
Aaron McEneff's successful spot-kick and David Parkhouse's missed penalty decided this game as City dropped back into fourth place.
The defining moment came midway through the second half as David Parkhouse, in dispossessing Graham Burke, inadvertently played Aaron Greene in on the right.
Greene raced all the way into the penalty area where he pulled the ball back across goal to Jack Byrne who was challenged by Greg Sloggett, illegally according to referee Rob Hennessey, who pointed to the penalty spot.
McEneff stepped up and with boos raining down on him from the crowd he calmly slotted the ball beyond Peter Cherrie to make it 1-0.
The Candy Stripes were given an immediate chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty of their own on 72 minutes, after Lopes went into the back of Parkhouse in the area.
The young striker stepped up but Alan Mannus pushed his spot-kick away for a corner. Rovers then doubled their lead, Greene getting away from the City defence before firing past Cherrie.
Having dominated for long periods in the opening half hour, the Hoops went close to breaking the deadlock on 37 minutes as Graham Burke's stinging close-range strike was kept out by Peter Cherrie.
Derry's first real effort came on 43 minutes as Gerardo Bruna saw his 25-yard drive flash inches wide.
Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Ciaran Coll, Ally Gilchrist, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Greg Sloggett, Ciaron Harkin (Michael McCrudden 74'), Barry McNamee (Jack Malone 74'), Jamie McDonagh, Gerardo Bruna (Darren McCauley 78'), David Parkhouse.
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Jack Byrne, Greg Bolger (Brandon Kavanagh 87'), Ronan Finn, Aaron McEneff (Dylan Watts 78'), Sean Kavanagh, Graham Burke (Gary O'Neill 76'), Aaron Greene.
Ref: Rob Hennessey (Clare).