DERRY CITY SECURED a comfortable 4-1 victory over Monaghan at Gortakeegan this evening.
Both sides failed to break the deadlock in a disappointing first half, before David McDaid opened the scoring from close range early in the second period.
Goals from Stephen McLaughlin, Patrick McEleney and Rory Patterson then added to Monaghan’s misery, before Tony Griffiths grabbed a last-minute consolation goal for Roddy Collins’ men.
Monaghan United: Michael Schlingermann, Roddy Collins, Shaun Maher (Darragh Reynor 45), Conor McMahon, Aidan Collins (Danny McGuinness 58), Bobby Ryan, Jason Marks, Stephen Maher, Jordan Keegan, Owen Humphrey (Tony Griffith 56), Conor Murphy.
Derry City: Ger Doherty, Simon Madden, Ryan McBride, Shane McEleney, Dermot McCaffrey, Owen Morrison (Brian McGroary 75), Patrick McEleney, Ruaidhri Higgins, Stephen McLaughlin, David McDaid, Rory Patterson.