Derry City's woes continued on Friday night as Cork City's excellent start to the season drives onwards and upwards.
Derry went to Turner's Cross looking for all three points but left without anything to show for their efforts.
The game started off with Derry having the bulk of the possession with continual short passing but no clear-cut chances.
However, the hosts were first to strike as Billy Dennehy scored from the penalty spot with his eighth goal of the season after he was pushed by Shane McEleney in the area.
The hosts didn't wait long to add a second with a superb strike from Gearóid Morrissey from 25-yards out after a cross was only half-cleared. The hosts were 2-0 up after just 17 minutes.
Derry, after being the better team in the opening stages, tried to regain their composure after those two quick-fire goals from Cork.
The trend continued the whole way to half-time with Derry having most of the ball but John Caulfield's men having the better chances despite being on the back-foot.
At the beginning of the second half, Derry looked like a team with the incentive as they began to look more threatening. Ryan Curran had a shot saved by Cork 'keeper McNulty in the 49th minute.
Curran again tried an effort which thundered of the crossbar in the 54th minute. Peter Hutton, in his first game in charge, seemed to have rallied his team during the half-time interval.
The game had now opened up with chances coming for both sides thick and fast. With Derry really ramping up the pressure, Cork made a substitution with Garry Buckley coming on for Liam Kearney.
Derry also made a change of their own with Tony McNamee coming on for McEleney in the 79th minute. It was now evident that Derry were throwing caution to the wind in search of something to take back to the Brandywell.
However, it came to nothing as Cork saw the game out to win 2-0, continuing their extremely impressive home form and getting their league campaign back on track after consecutive away defeats.
Cork City; Starting Lineup: Mark McNulty, Dan Murray, John Dunleavy, Darren Dennehy, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Gearóid Morrissey, Brian Lenihan, Liam Kearney (Garry Buckley 79"), Colin Healy, Billy Dennehy, Mark O'Sullivan Subs: Ian Turner, David O'Leary, Andy O'Connell, Robert Lehane, John Kavanagh, Matthew Gledhill, Garry Buckley.
Derry City; Starting Lineup: Gerard Doherty, Ryan McBride, Cliff Byrne, Aaron Barry, Shane McEleney, Michael Duffy, Patrick McEleney (Tony McNamee 79"), Barry McNamee, Barry Molloy, Danny Ventre, Ryan Curran (Nathan Boyle 74") Subs: Dean Jarvis, Ciaran Gallagher, Roddy Collins Jnr, Cormac Burke, Nathan Boyle, Tony McNamee, Mark Stewart.
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