Peter Hutton’s first match as manager of Derry City began with a 2-0 away defeat against Cork City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
It was the home side who struck the first blow early in the first half as Billy Dennehy was bundled over in the box by Shane McEleney and the referee decided that the contact was enough to merit a penalty.
Dennehy stepped up and converted to take his tally to eight for the season.
Derry City found that matters went from bad to worse as Ryan McBride failed to fully clear the ball in the box and Gearoid Morrissey took full advantage by hitting a half volley which ended up in the back of the goal from 25 yards and gave the home side a comfortable advantage going into the second half.
Cork City then had a goal disallowed later on in the first half as Dan Murray's diving header was ruled out for offside by the officials.
The home side went into the break with a two-goal lead.
Derry may have started the second half brightly but it was Cork who almost extended their lead on 49 minutes, with O’Sullivan’s header bouncing back off the bar.
Derry did create a number chances, first through through Ryan Curran whose shot was deflected behind before Pat McEleney wriggled past two defenders only to see McNulty capably deal with his deft chip. Curran later crashed a volley against the Cork bar.
Unfortunately for the travelling supporters, the side's first game under Hutton ended in disappointment as it finished 2-0 to Cork. Next up for Derry is a home tie against Drogheda on Friday night.
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