Published Monday, 18 August 2014
Derry’s Shaun Kelly and Cork’s Josh O'Shea in action on Friday at the Brandywell (© Presseye)
Now lying in a mid-table spot, the cup is the only realistic avenue for Peter Hutton's side to qualify for Europe. They face Malahide in an FAI Ford Cup tie on Saturday at the Brandywell at 7.45pm where a win is now vital.
The goal which condemned City to defeat came in the second half from Cathal Brady, but Derry had chances to salvage something from the clash.
The home side, desperate for three points in their quest to pull away from the wrong end of the table, went close in the first half with City keeper Gerard Doherty alert to deny Shane Grimes while Garreth Brady threatened with a well struck free kick.
City hit back with Josh Tracey creating some space and getting away his shot - but his effort was blocked.
Derry's Rory Patterson brought a superb save out of Drog's keeper Michael Schlingermann as the first half ended scoreless.
The home side were quick off the blocks after the restart with Gary O'Neill just failing to connect with a Grimes cross in front of goal.
However, Drogheda did not have to wait long for the breakthrough when on 53 minutes Brady met Walshe's cross on the volley and the ball flew past Doherty.
City pressed hard to try and find a way back but efforts from Patterson and Pat McEleney were blocked.
Near the end, Doherty made another smart save to deny United from doubling their lead, but in the end the points went to Drogheda.
Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Shaun Kelly, Cliff Byrne (Barry McNamee 74), Shane McEleney, Dean Jarvis; Josh Tracey, Nathan Boyle (Pat McEleney 46), Barry Molloy, Philip Lowry, Mark Timlin (Stephen Dooley 62); Rory Patterson.
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